PDP exploiting youth for political gains: NC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2014 21:09 IST

National Conference has accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of using youth for its political gains. The party said that the PDP, in an understanding with the BJP, engineered unrest and violence in 2008 Amarnath land row and then again in 2010, with the sole aim of getting into power.

NC provincial president Devinder Rana, addressing youth conference at Rajouri, said that the PDP engineered 2008 land row because Mufti Mohammd Sayeed was not allowed to continue as the chief minister in the then PDP-Congress alliance.

In the recently concluded parliamentary elections, both the PDP and BJP got three-seat each.

One of the major reasons for the success of the PDP was because majority of the youth had voted for it as the party had said that it would announce a special youth policy.

The NC leader said that while the PDP engineered violence, BJP tacitly agreed to be its facilitator in Jammu and alleged because of these two parties the state was brought to the brink of division.

He said the contours of the 2008 violence were even more dangerous than the 1947 as both the parties had succeeded in polarizing the state on regional and religious lines.

Rana alleged that about 110 people, mostly youth, had died across the Valley in 2010 violence.

"PDP and BJP stand exposed for their opportunistic, deceitful politics", said and asked the people, especially youth, to remain cautious in the coming months with the state going to crucial assembly polls.

He said that the PDP and BJP would again attempt to repeat their old tricks and the people should remain vigilant against such tactics.

Planning minister Ajay Sadhotra said that many schemes had been specifically designed for the youth. He said participation of youth in decision making was good omen for vibrant democracy.

He said the energies of youth and experience of the elders would give a blend of dynamism to National Conference and help it meet the challenges with fortitude.

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