Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said the ruling National Conference's (NC) "failure in rising above ministerial positions and personal interests has deprived even Indian Muslims a credible leadership".
"The PDP is going to the Lok Sabha with an agenda - primarily to raise the issue of Kashmir and the problems faced by the Kashmiri people - but it will also try to provide a voice to the aspirations of Muslims across to the country,"said Mufti in her address to the party workers during meetings in south Kashmir's Kulgam and Noorabad assembly constituencies.
In an attempt to reach out the Muslims living across the country, the PDP president said her party would try to fill the representation gap for the 20 crore Muslims of the country. "Who have unfortunately been pushed back in the race of development,"she said.
She accused the NC of concentrating "on personal luxury and positions of power". "It (the NC) never stood up for the rights either of the people who voted them to power or the Muslims of rest of the country,"she said.
She also accused the NC of continuing to be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) even after the Gujarat massacre. "The NC didn't sacrifice the minister of state's job, which Omar Abdullah was holding in the Vajpayee government and Farooq Abdullah gave a clean chit to Modi even before the courts did and lately he claimed to have seen Allah in Modi's eyes,"she alleged.
Mehbooba also said the NC had lost its regional character unlike other regional parties of the country, "which don't shy away from agitating when they feel the interests of their people have been compromised."
Mehbooba said the emergence of the PDP on the political scene of the state had helped change the political discourse about J&K both in and outside the state.
"It will continue to do so in order to find a lasting solution to the problem,"she added.