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NC rebuts Amit Shah's corruption charge

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 10, 2014
First Published: 19:09 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:38 IST(10/8/2014)

National Conference MLC Devender Singh Rana, a close aide of chief minister Omar Abdullah, hit out at BJP president Amit Shah, saying the BJP president's remarks are an attempt to boost the sagging morale of the saffron party.

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"Shah's remarks are distortion of history made for political convenience to boost the sagging morale of the BJP's state cadre. The BJP is on a weak wicket in Jammu and Kashmir," said Rana in a statement.

The BJP president addressing a national council meeting of the party in New Delhi on Saturday had said the government in the very sensitive state has crossed all limits of corruption and the people want a change there.

Rana said the National Conference is a movement and an embodiment of sacrifices for upholding the unity, integrity and pluralistic culture of Jammu and Kashmir.

Shah had reportedly in a reference to the Abdullahs and the Gandhi family had said, the 'two families' have ensured that money doesn't reach out to the poor and the BJP has to highlight it.

The state assembly elections are scheduled to be held this year. The BJP, which has won three parliamentary seats in the state, has set an agenda of forming its government in the state.

Rana said with the start of militancy in the early 90s, when the entire political establishment had gone into a shell, the
party under the leadership of Dr Farooq Abdullah contested the 1996 assembly elections to rebuild the state.

"Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and BJP's senior most leader LK Advani are well aware of the role played by the NC from 1996 to 2002," said Rana.

The NC leader said in 2008 when the state was divided on religious and regional lines in the background of the Amarnath land row, it was the NC which had stepped in to start a reconciliation process and restore peace all over the state.

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