Rafiabad, Baramulla, Apr 16 (UNI) National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah today accused Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti of linking her party's symbol of pen and ink with the name of Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salah-ud-din and challenged her to discuss it in Parliament.
Addressing several election meetings here, Mr Abdullah said Ms Mufti was exploiting the sentiments of the people and misleading them on this issue in the same way she has been keeping them in dark on other important matters.
He alleged that the PDP was created by New Delhi to suppress the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.
Mr Abdullah also expressed the hope that the vexed Kashmir issue would soon be resolved and asked the people to unite in the larger interests.
''The need of the hour is to unite and defeat the nefarious elements inimical to peace and harmony so that the people are able to press for their inclusion in the ongoing dialogue process.'' The NC chief accused the PDP of playing sectarian politics and came down heavily on PDP candidates from Pattan and Rafiabad, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari and Mohammad Dilawar Mir respectively, describing them as ''turncoats''.
''The turncoats have always played the politics of opportunism and by voting them out the people will prove that they cannot be fooled anymore,'' he added.
Mr Abdullah said he urged Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to ensure early return of the disgruntled youth, who had crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for arms training, to the state.
''Mehbooba has double standards. She is appealing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allow the youth to return to the Valley from PoK. When CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami moved a resolution in the state Assembly for their early return, the NC supported it, but the PDP voted against. Mehbooba is now shedding crocodile tears. She waves green handkerchief to exploit the sentiments of the Kashmiris for getting votes,'' he said.
The NC president also blamed the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government for rampant corruption and growing unemployment in the state despite the Centre's liberal and huge financial assistance.
''There were embezzlement of funds meant for survivors of the devastating earthquake as well,'' he alleged.
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