Predicting the trifurcation of People's Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2014 elections, provincial president of the National Conference (NC) Devinder Singh Rana on Tuesday said six to seven of its legislators were going to quit soon, thus completing the second phase of its dismemberment.
"The first phase took place ahead of expectations when prominent PDP leaders deserted the party, while the process of its annihilation began with Mufti's overtures towards the fascist BJP, for lust of power," claimed Rana, while replying to questions after BJP leaders joined the National Conference at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here on Tuesday morning.
Rana welcomed RS Jasrotia, a former president of the state BJP labour cell, Vikas Sethi and others, in the party fold, and expressed hope that this would further strengthen the party.
He added, "There was never any doubt about the clandestine understanding between the two, but the relationship became public after the former plunged into openly hobnobbing with the latter, following a big snub by the Congress for entering into an alliance."
To a question on impending action against the tainted officers involved in the recently-unearthed paper leak scam, Rana said chief minister Omar Abdullah had said the guilty would be brought to justice soon and get exemplary punishment.
Replying to another question on Narendra Modi's Lalkaar rally scheduled to be held here on December 1, Rana said democracy was "all about disseminating ideas".
"To that extent everybody is within his democratic rights to reach out to the people, but as far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, the BJP has never been a factor and will never be so in the future."
He said the PDP was yet to clear the mist over the mystery shrouding its leaders meeting a senior BJP leader in Delhi ahead of the unfortunate agitation that had "almost brought the people of Kashmir and Jammu regions in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation".
Rana reiterated his queries to the PDP on the presence of its two senior leaders in New Delhi recently, their overtures to the BJP by allegedly utilising the "good offices" of a former intelligence bureau director, a woman NGO and a senior journalist enjoying direct access to the BJP high command. "The Muftis owe explanation to the people whom they hoodwink day in and day out," he alleged.
He alleged that the PDP leadership was suffering from abject dejection, and in "fits of frustration" they were indulging in bashing the NC.