National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah Tuesday announced that his party would “contest and win” the next assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on its own and bring a legislation on “regional autonomy” for the state after “forming the government.”
“There is a propaganda being spread these days that we will fight the next elections in alliance with some party . We won’t have alliance with any party. We will fight elections on our own and win,” he said addressing workers in Udhampur.
“ We have seen others parties betray us in the past. It goes to the credit of National Conference that despite numerous betrayals the party didn’t betray anybody. We will not be betrayed again,” he said.
The NC, which lost power to PDP-BJP alliance in 2015, had formed a coalition with Congress after 2008 elections.
A stable, strong and people friendly government was the answer to problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
“Immediately after forming the government, the National Conference will bring a legislation in the first assembly session with regard to regional autonomy,” he said adding they will empower every segment of the society and every region and sub-region politically and economically.
He asked the party cadre to gear up for the big challenge and strengthen the NC.
Abdullah attacked the BJP, accusing it of “dividing the nation on religion” and alleged that the present dispensation had negated the vision of freedom fighters who made sacrifices to free India from the shackles of British rule.
“At that point of time, the freedom stalwarts did not think in terms of Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs but their paramount mission was to seek freedom for India, the abode of all faiths,” he said, adding that the divisive forces have trampled the spirit of freedom.
He, however, exuded confidence that this gloomy era will be over soon and the day will come when the “India of Mahatma Gandhi” will be retrieved again.
Attacking the RSS, Abdullah alleged that during the freedom struggle its top brass had praised the British and now its ranks were honouring the killer of Father of Nation.
During the 1975 emergency, the RSS supported Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, according to a book penned by Mr Rajeshwar Rao, and the support was in lieu of forced family planning of Muslims during those horrendous days.”
Abdullah also questioned the neutrality of the BJP led NDA Government over the US acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“Like United Kingdom, France and other countries, New Delhi should have taken a position over the disputed status of Jerusalem,” he said.
The NC chief also referred to the circumstances leading to safe passage of terrorists at Kandhar during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prime minister and said the situation has now taken such a turn that India’s pleas in the United Nations over declaration of Maulana Azhar as a global terrorist was being vetoed by China.