Ambika Soni accuses PDP-BJP of playing politics of opportunism

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 13, 2016 22:26 IST
Congress general secretary Ambika Soni, in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir party affairs, with state unit leaders in Srinagar on Monday. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

Congress general secretary Ambika Soni lashed out at the PDP-BJP coalition for playing opportunistic politics. Soni, who is the party’s in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir affairs, was here to attend a meeting of the state executive committee of the JKPCC (Kashmir province).

The meeting, presided over by JKPCC chief GA Mir, was attended by party functionaries, legislators (MLAs/MLCs), district presidents, leaders of the Youth Congress, Seva Dal, INTUC, Mahila Congress and NSUI, former ministers, MLAs and MLCs.

Soni said by seeking votes against each other and then joining hands to form a government, the PDP and the BJP have backstabbed the people.

A statement by Congress spokesman quoted Soni as saying that the Congress had been silently watching developments for the past one year, but it cannot remain silent as the people of J&K have even been deprived of their basic rights.

“It is unfortunate that people have to take to streets for getting their genuine demands heard and addressed. She also took a dig at chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for letting the people of J&s Suffer for almost three months. I wonder what Mehbooba got after such a long delay from Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Soni said.

“The Congress has a legacy of uniting and serving people of all shades, maintaining integrity of the country and it (Congress) won’t allow any force to harm the age-old tradition of unity, communal harmony and brotherhood in the country,” the statement quoting Soni said.

Accusing the BJP of destabilising the Congress governments in the states, she said the Congress was strong enough to defeat the designs of and falsehood being spread by the BJP leadership against the Congress and felt confident that wise people of the country have recognized the real face of the BJP and realized that the BJP was playing politics on every issue concerning the people, she said.

GA Mir said that people of the state were betrayed by both the PDP and the BJP for the sake of coming into power. Both the parties indulged in all kinds of political gimmicks and falsehood to exploit the sentiments of the people in the name of religion and regionalism, but the Congress, being strong enough, will defeat politics of exploitation on the part of PDP-BJP and will not allow them to play with the emotions of people for the sake of remaining in power.

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