Rashid Floats Awami Ettihhad, Lashes Out At NC, PDP

Srinagar - independent MLA Langate, Er. Abdul Rashid Thursday formally launched his political party Awami Ettihhad. The party, Rashid claimed, was an alternative to National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and would work for equitable development, good governance, and resolution of J&K issue.

Flanked by the new entrants into his party, Er Rashid during a press conference at Srinagar added that J&K people, particularly, Kashmiris, have been brutally subjected to endless miseries and atrocities that PDP and NC have committed with the support of Centre and its agencies. “Putting up an individual fight for the last four years, I tried my best to give Kashmiris justice. But some inimical forces along with PDP and NC scuttled my endeavors’,” said Rashid. “Now, I am here declaring that Awami Ettihhad will work for holistic development, good governance and for the resolution of the J&K issue,” he added while clearing that persons with criminal records have no place in his party.

Calling Awami Ettihhad pro-justice, Rashid said his party would try its best to give Kashmiris what PDP, NC, Cong, Hurriyat and others failed to give. “NC and PDP sent 2001 parliament attack convict, Mohammad Afzal Guru to gallows by sabotaging my resolutions,” said Rashid.

The two “pro-India” parties, Rashid said, have a knack of representing New Delhi in Kashmir rather than stand for Kashmir at the Centre. He added that his party Awami Ettihhad would lead J&K towards the right direction.

“People should shun NC and PDP and vote for our party. I will reciprocate positively and guide them to truth,” claimed Rashid adding, “My party will not trample over the Hurriyat leadership. We will not engage with them. But any help sought in the resolution of J&K issue will be responded to positively by us.” Rashid said he isn’t supported or promoted by any agency. “Let God’s wrath fall upon me if I represent any agency. I am not a VIP but have come from a poor family with the sole purpose of serving the people and relieve them of anarchy and present corrupt system. If I had wished I would have been a Minister but I am not a power monger and just want to take people out from the mess,” said Rashid. Er Rashid was flanked by new political faces, most of whom form his core executive. Noted social activist and National Director of ANHAD, Tanveer Hussain Khan, also joined the party as an executive member. Khan’s inclusion in the party is seen by many as big boost to Er Rashid.

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