A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of looting Jammu and Kashmir besides "emotionally blackmailing people", PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed retorted saying his party does not need a certificate for its integrity.
"Modi is staking the prestige of the high office he occupies by indulging in defamatory rhetoric for electoral gains in Jammu and Kashmir," Sayeed said while addressing election rallies in Kulgam and Kupwara districts.
"Unfortunately, he (Modi) is doing so without regard to facts or the perception among the people of the state," he added.
The PDP patron said it was very alarming that the Prime Minister of a large country should be so "ill-informed" about the ground realities of a sensitive state like J&K and just for adding a few seats in the assembly sacrifice facts and promote a culture of character assassination.
Sayeed said Jammu and Kashmir has a different experience of prime ministerial visits which have generally focused on the larger picture of the region and how peace, stability and development could be ushered in.
"Atal Bihari Vajpayee redefined the future course by his visit to Kashmir and his cooperation with the PDP-led government, but it is unfortunate that Modi in spite of swearing by the Vajpayee-policy has so far observed it only in breach," he said.
Sayeed added that the Prime Minister has to be a unifying force and not the one who is seen as a source of division and confrontation.