Srinagar, Mar 20: National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Monday called for a collective fight against the communalism.
After filing his nomination papers for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Abdullah while addressing a convention of workers and supporters at the party headquarters here said, “The fire of communalism and polarization that is being fanned and is spreading across the length and breadth of this country needs to be stopped before it engulfs our values and robs us of our rights, our sense of dignity and our special constitutional status.
“Unity against these forces is the need of the hour and this is an opportunity to come together and rise above our differences to stand in defense of our dignity and respect,” a party press release quoted him as saying.
NC and Congress have decided to fight these elections together “with the sole intention of ensuring the comprehensive defeat of the politics of communalism, polarization and divisiveness. Our success in this battle of principles depends on our ability to forge unity among our ranks in the pursuit of this common objective,” Farooq Abdullah said.
“There should be no doubt in the minds of the people that PDP is now almost officially an affiliate of RSS and any remaining doubts were cleared by the open campaigning and support being offered by the BJP to the two candidates being fielded by PDP,” the NC president said.
“We have always maintained that PDP is a subsidiary of the RSS and today all these statements and warnings have proven to be true. PDP has left no stone unturned to further the greater political agenda of the RSS and BJP’s participation in PDP’s election campaign today goes to prove the finality of this association,” he alleged.
“People are duty-bound to consider the ramifications of any callousness in these elections as it is their duty to eradicate this menace from our state,” Abdullah added.
Appealing for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, he said there was no alternative to talks between the two neighbours with a sincere intention to resolve all outstanding political issues and differences including the issue of Kashmir.
“It is the responsibility of both India and Pakistan to rescue Kashmiris from a never-ending cycle of fear, pain and misery. The people of Kashmir cannot be taken for granted anymore. Hostility and lack of dialogue between India and Pakistan is not an acceptable alternative,” Abdullah said.
Speaking on the occasion, PCC chief and NC-Congress joint candidate for the Anantnag parliamentary seat, Ghulam Ahmed Mir said both parties had come together to defeat the RSS and the BJP and were committed to fighting against communalism and tyranny.
“We will protect the state from the onslaught of those entities and forces who are hell-bent on setting this country on fire. This coming together of National Conference and Congress is not for power or out of the lure of the perks of power but a sincere effort to stop the march of communalism and bigotry from entering Kashmir,” the PCC chief said in his address.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Tariq Hamid Karra, who recently quit the PDP, today asked the people to vote against the ruling coalition in the bypolls, saying stopping "fascist forces" from making inroads in Jammu and Kashmir was a "jihad" (holy war).
"When Islam is under threat, it is the duty of Muslims to do the jihad. Stopping fascist forces from making inroads in Jammu and Kashmir is Jihad for me. It is a religious duty for me," he said.
"Jihad may be interpreted in various manners, but for me the guidelines are clear as prescribed by the Prophet (PBUH)," Karra said.
He was addressing a joint convention of the party workers of National Conference (NC) and Congress at NC party headquarters.
The NC has a pre-poll alliance with Congress while the PDP is fighting alone. The BJP, which is having a tie-up with the PDP in the government, is not contesting the bypolls.
Asking the people to defeat the PDP “which has joined hands with the BJP and RSS for forming the government in the state,” the Congress leader said those who have united to support the NC-Congress candidates are "doing jihad".
Karra, who defeated NC president Farooq Abdullah in 2014 general elections and is now campaigning for him, said he would fully support the NC and Congress candidates in the upcoming parliamentary bypolls.
Karra also claimed that he had warned Sayeed not to join hands with the BJP.
"I told Mufti that all secular parties have to get united and strengthened to stop BJP-RSS from entering into J&K. But he did not pay any heed to me and formed unnatural alliance with the BJP," he said.