SRINAGAR: Opposition National Conference today hit out at the ruling PDP accusing its leadership of playing an “active role” in “eroding” Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy.
“PDP should tender an unconditional apology to the people of the state for abandoning its election-time slogans of dual currency, self-rule, return of power projects and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA),” National Conference said in a statement.
The opposition party-led by Farooq Abdullah was reacting to PDP’s statement yesterday that accused the NC of raking up autonomy issue “only during rainy days”, saying its leaders “suddenly start” talking about autonomy and friendship with Pakistan when out of power.
NC claimed that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had “sold” its self-rule document to the “highest bidders in Nagpur” in lieu of power and had hence “lost the right to even talk about the Kashmir issue”.
The party charged PDP with “misleading the people of the state by still having the audacity to comment on autonomy while it was a long established fact that PDP’s patrons and leaders had played an active role in eroding J&K’s autonomy throughout their political careers.”
“They promised (during elections) the return of power projects from National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). But when in power, PDP voted against a resolution proposed in the Legislative Council by NC that sought the return of the projects,” the party added.
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