Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Saturday rejected the “jibes” of BJP general secretary Ram Madhav as an attempt to conceal the “failures” of BJP led central government to normalize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The party chief spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi maintained that BJP is itself in liaison with former extremists and thus sans the moral authority to make “uncouth and false allegations” against National Conference. “Most candidates that BJP has given tickets to in upcoming ULB elections come from fringe and have shady backgrounds. And they have the audacity to question our integrity,” he said.
He asserted that such statements by BJP leadership show how ignorant and confused they are about the prevailing ground situation in the state.
Ruhullah maintained that JKNC hasn’t made any surrender before anybody and that it has lost scores of its functionaries since the onset of militancy. “History bears witness to the fact that NC has never been an aggressor. It has suffered and suffered fatally during the last three decades. Thousands of our workers, leaders have fallen to bullets of militants in all these years.”
He maintained that the party’s rank and file endorse the recent working group recommendations and will abide by the decision of not participating in upcoming ULB and Panchayat elections. ‘The BJP will be given befitting answer by the people and the sparse polling will definitely ensure that that JKNC was definitely not in the fray,” he said.
Taking a dig at Ram Madhav’s comments, Ruhullah said that National Conference doesn’t believe in violence and has continued its struggle through peaceful means. “The brutal mass lynching throughout the country reveal who supports the violence, it is the RSS –BJP combine that uses coercion and violence to grind its own axe not us.”