Srinagar,09 October 2018-CNS:-Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal Additional General Secretary J&K National Conference has taken umbrage to the statement of BJP State spokesperson Smt Priya Sethi appearing in a leading English newspaper of Jammu Dated 5th instant wherein she has criticized National Conference MLA and President Woman’s Wing Kashmir Division Shameema Firdous over her statement accusing BJP- RSS combine of their hand in the Killing of two National Conference Workers in Srinagar city on 05-10-2018 Smt Sethi also levels baseless and wild allegations against National Conference Party.
At the outset Priya Sethi has charged National Conference of rigging the 1987 elections a pet blame of all National Conference detractors which has not been substantiated till date 31 years down the line despite redressal mechanism of the judiciary and the Election Commission of India being in place for the aggrieved. The unseating of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by an Allahabad Court on charges of rigging by rival Raj Narain in 1972 Parliament election is a classic example. Twelve cases from defeated candidates in 1987 approached the J&K High Court but failed to prove. Repeating a lie a thousand times will not make it a truth.
Another lie of BJP State spokesperson is that National Conference never held elections to the Panchayats and ULB during their tenure is a white le. Infact, it was National Conference which brought in the J&K Panchayat Raj Act. This became a model for rest of the country in Rajiv Gandhi tenure as PM. That National Conference was not interested in enpowing people is preposterous the least National Conference did not only give the Panchayat Raj Act considered a model Act but also gave decentralized Administration by creating District Development Boards in each District Headquarter of the State. National Conference gave people their own constitution which ensured Govt. “by the people, for the people, of the people.” It is because of these historic measures J&K over the last seven decades or so has been transformed from impoverished serfdom to a truly welfare state where in basic amenities and equal opportunities are available to all without discrimination whatsoever. Had blunders (which Governor Satya Pal Malik likes to call mistakes) not been made by GOI in the shape of political intrigues and cheating right from 1953 things would not have been what they are today. In shaping modern democratic, socialist, secular J&K National Conference rightly claims credit notwithstanding the chagrin of Smt Priya Sethi .
Dr. Kamaal further said the blame of BJP Spokesperson, Smt. Sethi that National Conference has hegemony of the ‘family and relations’ on political set-up is foolhardy and exposes her ignorance. Leadership in the democratic set up in J&K and the country is “ elected and not selected” and that Govt. is not imposed but is appointed through adult suffrage. As long as people want it that way so shall it be which is the essence of democracy
Deep down hatred of the myopic and communal BJP- RSS combine which is their hallmark stands completely exposed by the baseless accusations of BJP states spokesperson which I refute in its entirety.
National Conference is wedded to peoples welfare and will continue to strive tirelessly to better their lives and towards achieving the goal of peace , prosperity, communal harmony and friendship and good neighbourly relations in the region. National Conference also looks forward to amicable resolution of problems between India and Pakistant including the seven decades old festering sore of the Kashmir issue National Conference expects J&K Police to soon nab the assassins of two National Conference Workers and bring them to book at the earliest.