Mufti bartering people's interest for personal gains: Farooq

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sonawari
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2014 20:52 IST

National Conference (NC) party president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday addressed a public meeting at Baharbad, Sumbal Sonawari in north Kashmir and later addressed a youth convention of Youth National Conference organised by the party's youth wing at Raj Bagh in Srinagar.

Taking on opposition PDP, Farooq said that PDP's sole political purpose was to dilute the voice of people and barter their interests for the temptations of personal power.

"The same Mufti Sayeed who waxes eloquent about "healing the wounds" of people inflicted the most grievous wounds on the minds and hearts of people of Kashmir through his infamous phase of barbaric repression in partnership with Jagmohan.

It was Mufti Sayeed who deputed Jagmohan to Jammu and Kashmir as governor during his tenure as the home minister of India. Mufti did this despite apprehensions officially raised on this choice by none other than the then President of India," he said.

Farooq asked the youth NC brigade to work with selflessness and dedication to serve the people.

The ultimate goal of politics is public service and NC has always believed in serving the interests of the people and not indulge in power at the cost of our principles.

Speaking on the issue of Article 370, Farooq said Article 370 was the "constitutional bridge between Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Union and an abrogation of Article 370 would lead to the revocation of the accession".

"No power on earth can revoke Article 370 until the last NC worker is alive. We will not allow Mufti to re-invent the Mukherjee Doctrine to please Narendra Modi. We have safeguarded Article 370 for decades and will continue to protect it in the future as well," said Farooq.

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