The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the PDP of indulging in double-speak. The party has alleged that the PDP is making different noises on different issues in the two regions of the state and polarizing the society.
"The People's Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking vote on the 'Kashmir issue' in the Kashmir region, while in Jammu, it says the party would come out with vision document on the Jammu region. It's a classic case of double-speak to mislead the people with the sole aim to gain votes," BJP MP Jugal Kishore Sharma said in a statement.
The PDP, which has won all three parliamentary seats from the Kashmir region, is trying to make an inroad in the Jammu region. The BJP, which has won both the parliamentary seats of the Jammu region, is trying to make the maximum gains here and also making attempts to gain a foothold in the Valley.
The BJP MP said the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions are the constituents of one state and the agenda of all the parties should be state-centric and nation-centric.
He said the National Conference and the PDP should focus on governance and development rather than rhetorical and exploitative issues.
"It's no use raking up the settled issue of Kashmir. The politics of polarization through slogans like greater autonomy and self-rule have created problems for the country and heightened tensions between the regions and the communities," he said.
Greater autonomy for the state is slogan and stand of the NC, while the PDP says its document of self-rule is a panacea for the state, he added.
The BJP MP said the NC and the PDP are not even regional but 'sub-regional' parties and could not grow as the state-level parties because of their alleged parochial politics.