Jammu State Morcha has condemned the repeated statements of National Conference leaders, particularly Omar Abdullah and Devinder Singh Rana, accusing other political parties of playing "divisive and communal politics".
Party president Virender Gupta, HB Khajuria, Nathu Ram Gupta and Chandra Udey Sharma in a joint statement released on Saturday alleged that from the day of its inception, the NC has "constantly pursued communal, divisive and parochial agenda".
They said before 1947, the NC, under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammmad Abdullah, had struggled for separation of Kashmir Valley from the Jammu and Kashmir state that existed at that time. "They demanded scrapping of the Amritsar Treaty and launched a Quit Kashmir Movement, the object of which was to force the people of Jammu region and the then maharaja Hari Singh to vacate Kashmir Valley," they said in the statement.
Sheikh Abdullah prevailed upon Jawaharlal Nehru to stop the advance of Indian forces and allow the areas of Jammu and Kashmir state to remain occupied by Pakistan which had non-Kashmiri Muslims domination, and the people of which were opponents of Sheikh Abdullah and the NC's policies.
Jammu Dogras and Punjabis were made to quit Kashmir after 1947 because of the insecure and suffocating atmosphere created by the Kashmiri leadership, they alleged, adding that in the late 1980s and early 1990s, not even a single Kashmiri Muslim leader came to the rescue of Kashmiri Pandits and resisted their migration from the Valley.
"The West Pakistan refugees who are Sikhs and Hindus have still not been given state citizenship rights even after 66 years of their migration, while J&K Muslims who left for Pakistan in 1947, are allowed to come back and settle in the state and claim their property back," they added.
The leaders alleged that the role of the Kashmiri leadership and the communal and prejudicial statements made by Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti during the Amarnath row had completely exposed their hypocrisy and their pretention of being secular.
"It is because of this attitude and the biased actions of the Kashmiri leadership that the people of Jammu and Ladakh wanted separation from Kashmir, and demanded the creation of separate state and union territory status," they added.