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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, November 29, 2012
Describing chief minister Omar Abdullah's latest move of courting BJP as his new allies a brazen show of opportunism, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the National Conference has taken the political immorality to a new low by simultaneously entering into coalition of expedience with Congress and BJP.

 
"As NC has always survived on trickery, its latest move to woo back its old allies (BJP) is in tune with the party's philosophy of political opportunism and deceit," PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said in a statement issued in Srinagar on Thursday.
 
He said, curiously, developing NC-BJP bonhomie coincides with the recent visit of senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Arun Jaitley in Jammu.
 
Terming Omar Abdullah's 'ministerial berth' bait a desperate attempt to keep the dissipating NC flock together and fully exploit disgruntled party legislators for upcoming Legislative Council polls,  Akhtar said Abdullahs have a history of adopting 'use-and-throw' policy for their survival.
 
"Ironically, however, the tragic death of Haji Yousuf Shah - a one-time close associate of Abdullahs - added the dangerous dimension of perilous 'use-and-kill' stratagem against the dissenters," he said.
 
The spokesman said it is an open secret how a group of officers from the civil and police administration were forced and lured by NC to work for them during 2008 assembly elections and once the party came to power, all those officers misused by the party were left in lurch.  "And today all those officers rue to have become pawns in NC's game of political opportunism," he said.
 
Akhtar said that Omar Abdullah's frantic efforts to lure, by whatever means, his disgruntled legislators to work for the party candidates in upcoming Legislative Council polls, depicts the level of his insecurity.

"It's now a known fact that the cabinet expansion seems to be a far-fetched move for the present government with only some 23 months left for assembly polls," the spokesman said and added that Omar Abdullah, however, would be using the 'ministerial berth' bait for all the upcoming polls including BDCs, Municipalities, Parliamentary elections and finally in 2014 the gulled legislators would be asked to go and get elected in assembly elections to secure a ministerial berth.
 
"Everybody knows that Omar Abdullah has been deliberately avoiding the cabinet expansion for the past four years as he knows that NC would disintegrate the moment he goes for such a political adventure," Akhtar said.