‘PDP Can’t Brand All Protesting Youth as Molesters’



National Conference on Thursday lashed out at PDP for branding agitating, alienated youth in the Valley as “molesters” and “hooligans” and said such en-masse stigmatization of our youth was tragic and unacceptable.

NC Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, while condemning the disruption of the Big 92.7 Marathon in Srinagar last week, said PDP had stretched the truth a bit too far by stereotyping all anguished and protesting youth as “molesters” and “hooligans”.

“This is unacceptable and very unfortunate. We condemn what happened at the Big Marathon and there is no place for violence in a democracy. And we hope the law takes its toll on those who are guilty. However, to brand all protesting youth as ‘molesters’ and ‘hooligans’ is unacceptable. PDP leaders have come out maligning our youth and rather than seeing the writing on the wall, they are living in a denial. There is growing anguish and resentment among the youth of the State against the PDP-BJP Government. There is no denying this fact,” Mehdi said in a statement issued from NC Headquarters in Srinagar.

The NC Chief Spokesperson said an en-masse, blind allegation against the protesting youth would not only destroy their careers but would also widen the gap of hostility.

“Rather than understanding how unpopular this Government has become and how much people have come to despise the PDP, their leaders are out name-calling and stereotyping our youth,” he said.


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