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War of words between NC, PDP escalates
Struggle For Power, Attack On Delhi
9/15/2012 12:00:48 AM
JAMMU, Sept 14: War of words between the ruling National Conference (NC), which would want to retain control over the State power even after January 2014, and the main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), which has unleashed a no-holds-barred propaganda blitz against the NC with a view to dislodging it, has escalated. To be more precise, the struggle for power between the two main political actors in the Kashmir valley has intensified. The PDP is leaving no stone unturned to expose the NC. The NC, on the other hand, is doing all that it could to neutralize the fast-growing influence of the PDP, especially in the Valley. The constituency of both the parties is the same.
However, it is the PDP which has succeeded in provoking NC leaders, especially Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The nature of provocation could be determined from the speech the Chief Minister delivered yesterday at Pulwama, Kashmir. At Pulwama, the Chief Minister not only patted saying his Government has performed exceptionally well and delivered on all the fronts, but also hit back on the PDP saying it will never be able to recapture power in the State. "From this rostrum in Pulwama before the mammoth public gathering I challenge PDP leadership on this court. Their falsehood has got unveiled before masses and they have lost their ground everywhere. The people would judge the Governments and parties on the basis of work done and not on mere slogan raising. The performance report of PDP during its tenure of Government is nothing but a card of failures and shortcomings on all the fronts," he said. He pooh-poohed what he called the "tall claim" of PDP leadership of forming next Government in the State and described it as "yet another jingle of PDP" adding that the "people will judge parties and leaderships on performance". He further said that "politics of deceit is handy work of PDP leadership" and it is taking recourse to the politics of deceit to mislead the people, something that will not happen.
The provoked Chief Minister not only charged the PDP with indulging in politics of deceit to achieve its objective, but also ridiculed its healing touch policy and rehabilitation policy and questioned its self-rule doctrine and peace with dignity formulation. "History is witness to the opportunism and selfishness exhibited by the PDP leadership time and again to relish power for their personal interest. Every resident of the State is aware of the mis-governance that ruled the roast during the tenure when PDP was in power in the State. By pointing fingers towards opponents and indulging in misinformation and disinformation campaign, suppressing facts and misreporting events may have helped PDP to deceive people in the past, but this tactics cannot work now as the public especially youth force have understood PDP's this characteristic and double-speak," he also said.
Highlighting his own achievements, the Chief Minister said: "We have not only reduced the footprints of armed forces, removed bunkers but also brought in rehabilitation policy for return of youth from PoK. We believe in performing silently for bringing peace, fast tracking development and working for resolution of political issues of Jammu and Kashmir. It was me who categorically told the Prime Minister, the UPA Chairperson and other Central leadership at a huge public meeting in South Kashmir that 'Kashmir issue' cannot be resolved by economic measures. Kashmir issue is of political nature needing political addressing".
What the Chief Minister said while countering the PDP leadership could not be described as a speech delivered by the one who holds a Constitutional position in the State. In fact, what he said could be legitimately dismissed as a speech delivered by someone who had been exploiting his official position to promote politics of separatism with a view to further widening the already rather wide gulf between Kashmir and New Delhi. He is wrecking the system from within. What he said was more an attack on India than on the PDP leadership, which is not sparing any opportunity to catalogue the failure of the NC as well as its indulgence in corrupt practices. It is clear from what the Chief Minister said that the PDP has succeeded in its game plan. There is no doubt whatever that both the NC and the PDP would further sharpen attacks against each other and that while the PDP would be on the offensive, the NC would be on the defensive. It is also clear that politics of competitive communalism and secessionism would dominate the Kashmir scene in the coming days.
What the Chief Minister yesterday said raises other questions as well. One, does the Congress, which is part of the State Government, endorse what the Chief Minister publicly said? Two, has the State Governor taken note of the Chief Minister's speech, especially the part that dealt with the status of Jammu and Kashmir within India? And, thirdly, will the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre see to it that no one in the State, not even the Chief Minister, goes beyond the confines of the Indian Constitution and Jammu and Kashmir Constitution?
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