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PDP's Mufti Sayeed in contact with Modi: Omar

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, November 17, 2013
First Published: 21:23 IST(17/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:24 IST(18/11/2013)

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday accused People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of secretly trying to forge an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2014 general elections.

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“Hidden meetings of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed with the close associates of Lal Krishna Advani and his close contact with Narendra Modi has come to the fore, exposing the ideology of the PDP,” said Abdullah during his speech at south Kashmir’s Kellar area.

“The PDP wants to sail in two boats to seek power, but their boat will sink due to the weight of its own falsehood.”

The chief minister said the hidden league between BJP, PDP and the J&K National Panthers Party was also exposed earlier when they forged an alliance during various elections of the Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) in the state.

He alleged that the PDP had been power-hungry since its inception and was misleading people in order to grab power.

“I have no personal enmity with the leadership of this party nor am I against their people. My difference with this party leadership is only on principles and on political issues,” Abdullah said.

Calling for a resolution on political issues plaguing Kashmir, the CM said, “I have time and again been advocating a resolution of all political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir in a process of dialogue, so that peace and tranquility rules the state and the sub-continent.”

Talking about the political situation in Kashmir, he said, “The youth of Jammu and Kashmir did not take up guns in their hands to seek construction of roads, bridges, hospitals… They did it for political reasons and to achieve political purposes.”

“The Kashmir issue is a political one and requires to be addressed politically in a peaceful process,” he said.

Abdullah also asked the separatists to become part of the dialogue process for an amicable resolution of political issues.

“When you have witnessed that the gun has only brought destruction, miseries and economic disaster to the state without any results, then there is only one option: to get engaged in the dialogue process and address the issue across the table,” he said.

Abdullah said he would facilitate the dialogue process and told separatists that no prior conditions had been fixed for their dialogue with the Centre. Thus, they could “come open heartedly to put forth their point of view regarding the resolution of political issues of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

On hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s release, he said, “The restrictions on the public rallies of Geelani will be lifted when the administration is confident that it would not hamper the peace, and the law and order situation in the state.”

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