National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah today said the PDP’s decision to abstain from voting in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election proved that it continued to be in a tactical alliance with the BJP even after the national party pulled out of Jammu and Kashmir’s ruling coalition in June.
“There was no doubt that the PDP and the BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance despite the BJP’s withdrawal of support to the PDP,” Abdullah said at a party convention in Chadoora area of Budgam district.
“This became clear again when the PDP’s two MPs in the Rajya Sabha abstained from voting in the election for the deputy chairman’s post,” he added.
The NC vice-president alleged that the PDP was part of an intrigue against Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
“An elaborate and comprehensive 60-page report on Article 35A has still not been submitted in the Supreme Court and the file continues to gather dust on the law secretary’s table. This proves beyond doubt that the PDP is a part of this intrigue and continues to facilitate this anti-J-K agenda from within the state,” he said.
Abdullah said if the NC had not raised the issue of assault on Article 35A in the legislative assembly, the PDP would have “brazenly surrendered” on the crucial issue.
“It was the duty of the Mehbooba Mufti government to submit the elaborate report on Article 35A in the Supreme Court but her government chose inaction and surrender, which brought us to the current situation. The PDP chose not to confront the BJP and its longstanding agenda to weaken the state’s special status,” he said.
He said Mufti tells people that she drank a cup of poison by aligning with the BJP and that the BJP-led central government was using the NIA and CBI to coerce her MLAs to revolt against her.
“If this is true, then why did Mehbooba Mufti instruct her party’s two members of parliament in the Rajya Sabha to not vote against the BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election?” he asked.