NC-PDP exchange barbs, accuse each other of 'betrayal'

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2014 18:49 IST

Ruling National Conference (NC) on Monday launched a tirade against opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hameed Karra, who defeated the ruling party’s veteran leader Farooq Abdullah in the parliament polls recently.

NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu described Karra as “a glorified land-shark and expert scamster”.

“Karra lacks the parliamentary grace and ethical credentials to represent the historic and culturally rich city of Srinagar,” said Mattu.

“Karra has been extremely unnerved by being exposed as a fraud, conman and land-shark who wants to render dozens of families homeless to satiate his lust for undeserved wealth by inventing completely unconnected ancestors and grabbing land that he has no legal claim on,” alleged Mattu.

NC’s spiteful statement has come just a day after Karra took on the NC on Martyrs Day observed on July 13.

MP Karra on Sunday accused the NC of “political trade-offs with the blood of martyrs of July 13, 1931”.

“The Omar Abdullah government has replicated the 1931 atrocities on a larger scale as in 2010 when 126 innocent people were gunned down for demanding their constitutional rights,” alleged Karra.

Retorting to Karra’s allegations, NC’s Mattu said, “Karra’s audacity to talk about political trade-offs was a brazen hypocrisy given that he is following a person who has made a record number of political trade-offs with the state's regional autonomy, character and dignity in his career.”

The NC spokesman said, “Karra has no right to talk about the interests of the state given that his own family and uncle GM Sadiq was instrumental in eroding Article 370 and changing the nomenclature and stature from prime minister to chief minister on the instructions of his patrons and lords in Delhi at that time.”

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