Just five weeks left for polls, the Srinagar constituency has literally turned into a battlefield. While National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah blames the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Sunday militant attack, the latter has sought an inquiry into the incident and approached the election commission over the allegations.
“The accusation against our party over the Sunday militant attack on the NC leader Yawar Masoodi in Pampore area) is not only baseless but also a very serious issue. We have written to the election commission to take serious note of Abdullah’s utterances,” said PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar.
“Abdullah’s statement needs to be looked at in tandem with the statements made by the director general of police and the inspector general of police about the incident. The two senior police officials have said that it was attack on the cops and not the NC leader,” said Akhtar.
The written complaint to the commission against Abdullah, union minister for new and renewable energy and NC’s candidate for Srinagar-Budgam constituency, was filed after he indirectly blamed the PDP for the Sunday attack in south Kashmir on the NC leader, which left two cops and two militants dead.
“You know who will carry out the attack on our workers, those who have sensed defeat in the polls. I don’t want to name them. But I want to tell them that we have seen worst and we won’t surrender before bombs and bullets,” said Abdullah on Sunday.
The PDP has now demanded an inquiry into the attack. “Farooq sahib has to come out with the source of information,” said Akhtar.
The PDP said the election commission has taken action when it comes to utterances made by SP leader Azam Khan and BJP’s Amit Shah “but no action has been taken in the complaints filed by the PDP against the NC serving food in police vehicles, coercing a voter to join the party invoking Islam and Quran”.
The PDP also alleged that Congress leader G A Mir was propagating a communal agenda. “The speeches made by Mir in south Kashmir, asking people to choose between masjid and mandir is a serious issue. He went as far to say that ‘vote for PDP is vote for the BJP’. This is deliberate attempt to play divisive politics at a place where there is no mandir-masjid issue and to cover up failures,” said Akhtar.
The PDP also accused Abdullah of “taking discourse to a new low” by referring to dead in his speeches. “Using derogatory language is to introduce bitterness. The fact is Abdullah has no agenda for the polls and the defeat is imminent to them,” said the PDP spokesman.
In response to Abdullah’s questioning his rival candidate Tariq Hameed Karra’s Rs. 100-cr property, the PDP said the real question is where from the Abdullahs amassed the wealth.
“Farooq sahib needs to tell us about the properties at Gupkar and Bathindi besides Dhanjiboy building. This is all acquired property by the family that apparently runs no business since 1931 but the business of politics,” alleged Akhtar.