Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday accused the ruling National Conference (NC) of defacing posters of its leaders carrying Eid messages.
"Frustrated by the growing popularity of PDP and its own decimation in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the NC has stooped low by tearing apart hoardings conveying Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to people," alleged PDP general secretary, Mohammad Dilawar Mir.
The party claimed that many hoardings were installed at various public utilities across Amira Kadal constituency conveying Eid-ul-Fitr greetings from party patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and party's candidate from Amira Kadal, Syed Altaf Bukhari.
"All these hoardings have been either torn off or damaged by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on the direction of National Conference," alleged Mir.
The party claimed that these hoardings were placed legally after securing all permissions. "It is unlawful that the PDP is being targeted since similar hoardings portraying Dr Farooq Abdullah and other NC leaders including chief minister, Omar Abdullah were kept intact for months together by the SMC," said Mir.
The PDP described the reported defacing of posters as "a sign of intolerance."
"The action on part of the SMC is illegal and unwarranted...NC has a distinction of diluting the institutions in the state and now the misuse of the corporations like SMC is the height of its political bankruptcy and prejudice," said Mir.
The party described the SMC as "political organ" of the NC to sabotage PDP's sincere efforts to further strengthen its social fabric and reach out to its own people.
"The misuse of government machinery by NC to propagate its nefarious political designs is unacceptable and will never be tolerated by the politically mature people of the state, especially in Srinagar," he said.