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Akther plays communal card to keep PDP relevant
Tries to pit Jammu against Kashmir for saving his party
12/18/2018 11:31:50 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 18: Peoples Democratic Party is not leaving any stone unturned to project its former ally Bharatiya Janata Party as the "biggest enemy" of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akthar on Tuesday accused BJP of trying to repeat 2008 like situation in J&K for electoral gains. He condemned what he called "hateful language and threats issued to the particular community during the 'Dharam Sansad' organized by VHP and RSS at Jammu.
"By promoting such hatred and negativity, the BJP has once again established that it can never again be trusted as a party of governance in a composite state like Jammu and Kashmir and that it has blocked its entry into the power structure of the state forever," Akther said in a statement.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "When PDP shared power with BJP in the state Akther shared a common stage with the BJP and RSS leaders and had no complaints at all. In fact he used to endorse their agenda. After losing power Akther and his party president Mehbooba Mufti are missing no opportunity to hit out at the BJP."
He said that Akther by accusing the BJP of pursuing communal agenda is trying to pit Jammu against Kashmir and he has made an attempt to flare up the communal tensions between the two regions of the state.
A Kashmir watcher said that PDP is playing a religious card to "make a comeback" as the party knows it very well that it's on the weak wicket. "Everyday one or other PDP leader is quitting the party. They have openly blamed the party leadership of failing to deliver. Akther, who is considered to be close aide of the PDP President, is issuing such loaded statements just to divert the attention of the people from the failures of the party," he claimed.
A politician while reacting to Akther's statement said that people of Jammu don't need sermons from a person, who has entered into politics through "backdoor." "Since the armed insurgency broke out in the Valley Jammu has proved to be an abode of communal harmony and people of Jammu have welcomed everyone with open arms," he added.
The politician said that PDP should first set its house in order rather than blaming others for their misdeeds. "By resorting to such mudslinging PDP leaders like Akther have proved that they can change their colours according to the need and they can go to any extent to remain relevant in the political arena of the state. PDP is a sinking ship and its set to disappear from the scene," he added.
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