Opposition Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) Lok Sabha candidate Muzaffar Hussain Baig on Sunday took pot shots at chief minister Omar Abdullah for his recent remark of "battle of ideologies".
"The National Conference pursues only the ideology of 'power at any cost'. The chief minister's words 'ideological battle' is usual poll time rhetoric with no takers," said Baig in his address to workers from Sonawari and Gurez assembly segments of Bandipora district.
He said, "The new battle will be between the arrogance of power that has blinded the NC to people's problems on the one side and humility, a political vision and road map for development on the other, which PDP represents."
Baig, former deputy chief minister, claimed that these Lok Sabha elections "will in a good measure determine the future course of history in Jammu and Kashmir".
"As it could send the NC and its exploitative structure into the dust bin of history," he added.
Baig asked people to make a clear choice "whether they want to give the PDP a chance with a decisive mandate or continue with the anti-people policies of the NC and its out-dated politics."
The PDP candidate from Baramulla-Kupwara constituency also referred to the recent remark made by the chief minister where he said "Farooq Abdullah, Omar's father, was never his best friend."
"This is an attempt by the chief minister to distance himself from his father, who has made himself even more unpopular with his recent abusive statements against people of Kashmir," alleged Baig.
He said Omar has realised that by calling Kashmiris maha chor (Big theives), Farooq has "finally burnt his bridges with the people who have for decades helped the family to enjoy luxuries of power and is dissociating with senior Abdullah".
He accused the NC whipping up emotions in Kashmir in the name of plebiscite, autonomy. "They caused turmoil but never gave the people a chance to use their vote in a free and fair exercise. The rigging polls angered the youth who were forced to take up arms. The NC sought license from Delhi to manage Kashmir," he said.