Farooq's 'inflammatory speeches' are followed by violence: Mehbooba

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014 19:03 IST

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday sought election commission's intervention while alleging that ruling National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah's "inflammatory speeches" are followed by violence on the ground".

"A day after he (Farooq) said that he would carry 100 attacks on the PDP, our sarpanch was killed by gunmen. Every time he makes inflammatory speeches, it is followed by violence on the ground," alleged Mehbooba, who is contesting parliament polls from south Kashmir's Anantnag constituency.

Mehbooba was referring to the speech made by 77-year-old union minister Abdullah, who is contesting from Srinagar, on Thursday in Srinagar.

"I wish I had the authority and power and I had people behind me. I would have carried (out) 100 attacks on them (PDP)... I am not resorting to violence. I don't have guns, I don't have bombs. My resources are people and their vote," he said.

Hours after his speech militants struck in south Kashmir and killed a PDP sarpanch from Awantipora's Gulzarpora area, around 30 km south of Srinagar.

Around 9:30 pm, militants barged into the house of sarpanch Mohammad Amin Pandit and took him away from his house and shot him dead.

The attack came just six days after two militants fired at the residence of an NC leader on Sunday and killed two of his guards. Abdullah indirectly blamed the PDP for the attack and the NC leaders even accused the party of having links with the Hizbul Mujahideen.

The PDP has accused the election commission of being "dead" towards the complaints it received in Kashmir.

"It is a test of credibility for the election commission. The commission has been alert to violations of model code of conduct, but seems dead when it comes to Jammu and Kashmir," alleged Mehbooba.

The party has made several complaints before the commission against the NC, which include speeches made by Abdullah and use of the official machinery by the party.

"We hope the commission will take action as it did in the cases of (SP leader) Azam Khan and (BJP leader) Amit Shah (for making inflammatory speeches)," she added.

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