General secretary of Peoples Conference Imran Reza Ansari on Monday said that National Conference has been the biggest beneficiary of conflict and poll boycott in Kashmir.
“Omar Abdullah wants a democracy in which NC is the sole party and it is not surprising. If you look at the record of their MLAs, they thrive and prosper on people boycotting the polls. They are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the conflict and boycott. By ensuring minimal participation in polls, they have shamelessly clung on to seats where barely 5-6% people vote,” Ansari said in a statement.
He said that “Omar Abdullah should introspect as to how the rigging of 1987 elections pushed the people of Kashmir away from the mainstream. The polling rate in Srinagar in 1987 elections was touching 80% and after the 1987 rigging till date it is in single digit figures. This is precisely what the NC wants – a low voter turnout.”
Ansari said that NC has a history of accusing its opponents of Delhi’s support and Peoples Conference will challenge their sense of entitlement with all vigor. “Omar Abdullah wants a single party system democracy in J&K. Whenever a new party comes up he accuses them of being made in Delhi. The amazing irony is that nobody is as organically made in Delhi as he is. Their comeback to the electoral politics was a unique, first of its kind in the democratic world where a person who was not even an MLA was made Chief Minister under some accord and whatever was left of our special status was bargained for their lust for power.”
Ansari said that “Omar Abdullah is acting like a tantrum throwing pampered cry baby who is angry at other people playing with his toys.”
Meanwhile Peoples Conference’s Parliamentary candidate from Srinagar constituency, Irfan Raza Ansari on Monday said that the political parties that made tall promises in the past failed to deliver on ground.
Irfan in a statement said that “National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah defeated my father in one of the previous elections had made several promises with the people but failed to fulfill those on ground.”
“I respect Dr Farooq Abdullah due to his old age but I don’t respect him as a politician due to the fake promises he made to people,” he said, adding that it is difficult to face people as they don’t trust the politicians anymore.