Working President National Conference Omar Abdullah on Friday accused PDP and BJP of perpetrating fear and uncalled for apprehensions in the minds of people on the basis of religion during the recently held assembly elections to further their electoral prospects, describing it as part of pre-fixed arrangement.
“In the Kashmir Valley and the Muslim dominated areas of the Jammu region, especially the Chenab Valley, PDP generated an atmosphere of fear psychosis about BJP and RSS trampling and mutilating their distinct identity to garner maximum votes but later joined them as per prefixed game-plan”, Omar Abdullah said while welcoming merger of the J&K Unit of Samajwadi Party, led by its President Sheikh Abdul Rehman, into the National Conference fold.
Omar said that Mufti Mohammed Sayeed did not tell to his voters even once during his heightened but pretended anti-saffron campaigning that PDP was going to forge an alliance with BJP. In fact, he portrayed both BJP and RSS as enemy number one of Muslims and subtly coerced them to vote for his party. After getting 28 seats he virtually threw his party into the BJP lap by dramatizing and delaying the government formation.
The NC Working President took jibe on BJP, saying it bartered everything for the loaves of power. “At end of the day, what BJP has gained out of alliance with PDP and with which face they will be returning back to their constituencies after making tall promises and generating euphoria”, he asked.
Welcoming Sheikh Abdul Rehman and office bearers of his party at a specially held function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, Jammu Omar described him a veteran legislator and parliamentarian who has immensely contributed towards the development and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir in different capacities.
Omar said Sheikh Abdul Rehman’s joining will give a new impetus to the party and strengthen it at grass roots level. He described the event as “good omen” for the secular forces across the State.
In his address, Sheikh Abdul Rehman said the General Council of the State Unit of Samajwadi Party took a conscious decision to merge into National Conference keeping in view its secular credentials and service towards the people over decades.