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NC-PDP alliance is a non-issue, ultimately it's New Delhi that prevails: Syed Geelani

By Amit Sharma

Srinagar, Dec 26: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said the much-talked about alliance between the National Conference (NC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) is a non-issue and that pro-Indian parties dance to New Delhi's tunes. [No deal with BJP on govt formation: Omar Abdullah]

Geelani, 85, also took a dig at former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was honoured with Bharat Ratna on Thursday saying the latter did little to resolve the Kashmir problem and those who praised his handling of the issue were actually misleading people. He said Vajpayee, the first BJP prime minister, had no plan for Kashmir. [J&K election: PDP wins 28 seats, BJP 25, NC 17, Congress 12]


The Hurriyat leader rued that the state of Jammu and Kashmir was run by the army and not by any civilian government.

On the speculation about the NC and PDP joining hands to keep the BJP out of power in the state, Geelani said the truth is that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is under occupation and it doesn't matter what combination of parties rules it. At the end of the day, it is New Delhi's instructions that prevail. He said 28 lakh kannals of land in the state are under the army's occupation and the state government didn't have any say on it.

Geelani accused former PM Vajpayee of doing little to resolve Kashmir problem

On the BJP's winning 25 seats in the state, Geelani said the saffron party used the Hindu card in the state polls as it had done during the Lok Sabha election across the country earlier this year. He said the BJP got benefits of its tactics in Jammu but not in the Kashmir Valley. He also termed the fact that some Muslim candidates contesting on the BJP's ticket in the Valley as "unfortunate".

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