Congress history replete with communal politics: Geelani
Srinagar, June 21 (UNI) Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has attacked the Congress, saying the history of the party is replete with communal, tyrannical and unprincipled politics.
In a statement here, the breakaway Hurriyat Conference chairman reacted strongly to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's address to Congress workers at a convention here on Tuesday.
He described Mr Azad's praise for the Congress as distortion of facts. Mr Azad has tried to distort hard facts while heaping praise on the Congress, Mr Geelani added.
''History of the Congress is replete with communal, tyrannical and unprincipled politics. After the end of British rule in India, the Congress assumed imperialistic character and meted out inhuman treatment to minorities, especially the Muslims,'' he said.
The Hurriyat chairman alleged that it was the Congress that has been giving a practical shape to the slogans of Hindu extremists and executing their plans.
''More than 40,000 anti-Muslim riots have taken place in India during the Congress rule in which hundreds of innocent people were slaughtered,'' he alleged.
The hardliner said the Babri Masjid issue was the creation of the Congress, which ultimately culminated in its demolition.
''This party (Congress) has done everything, which it could have to obliterate the cultural identity of crores of Muslims. It treated them like Dalits and abolished Urdu language to shut all the doors of their livelihood,'' he alleged.
Mr Geelani also rejected Mr Azad's claim that the Congress was a democratic political party. ''It was a Congress leader who committed murder of democracy and snatched freedom from the people of Kashmir.
The Congress is responsible for turning Jammu and Kashmir into a colony and killing of six lakh Muslims in the past 60 years.'' The firebrand leader said Mr Azad has enumerated the holding of round-table conferences, constitution of working groups, starting of cross-border bus service as achievements of the Congress.
''But to us, these steps are futile. In the presence of ten lakh Indian troops, these steps are akin to Army operations in which the common people have no role to play,'' he claimed.
Mr Geelani alleged that laying railway lines, converting the Srinagar airport into an international airport, economic packages, construction of roads and buildings were ''gold fetters'' to push the people of Jammu and Kashmir to ''perpetual slavery''.