Srinagar, May 12: In an all-out attack against Peopleâ€™s Conference Chief, Jammu and Kashmirâ€™s oldest political formation National Conference has slammed Sajad Lone for his â€œcomical liesâ€ and â€œdoublespeak.â€
In a joint statement issued by NC leaders, the party dismissed Sajad Lone’s criticism and utterances, saying that Lone was â€œshamelessly attempting to hide his close ties with the RSS-BJP combine.â€
Responding to Loneâ€™s accusations that NC was â€confabulatingâ€ with the BJP to form the next government in J&K, NC said that frustrated Lone was shamelessly attempting to blow smoke to gloss over his relation with BJP and RSS.
In a joint statement, Party leaders including Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mir Saifullah, Qaisar Jamsheed Lone rejected the remarks made by Sajad Lone.
Falling short of saying that Sajad Lone was the RSS poster boy in Kashmir, the NC statement said Lone is habitual of remaining in news to white wash his own past. â€œFrustration in wake of the overwhelming response of people for our leadership and policies is written all over Sajadâ€™s face. Nothing can be far from the truth than what he has stated. People have stopped swallowing his lies.â€
â€œHis wavering stand on Articles 370, 35-A is out in the open. One day he and his party dismiss the Articles as done and dusted and on another day cry over their erosion. Like everything else, they have double-standards on Articles 370, 35-A. He only cherry picks the one that suits their discourse at a time,â€ the NC statement added.
Having no bone to pitch with the National Conference, Sajjad Lone is going ballistic and lying through his teeth, they said adding, â€œIt is he who referred to Modi as his elder brother undermining the miseries of scores of people. It is he who overlooked the tragedy of Babri Masjid, Triple Talaq, and Citizen Amendment Act to quench his blind desire for power and chair. It was he who chose to become minister on the quota of BJP in the BJP-PDP cabinet. As far as our response on Rahul Gandhiâ€™s disqualification as MP is concerned, JKNC Spokesperson has already issued a statement condemning Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification by the LS secretariat.â€
The leaders said that Sajad’s cozying up with BJP-RSS continues unabated post 2019. â€œHis presence at the RRS meet in Pahalgam reinstated his permanent character as a pendulum. The pendulum character of his politics was further reinstated by his leaving the PAGD.â€
The leaders asked Lone to reveal the ‘compulsions’ that prompted him to join hands with BJP-RSS. â€œHe wants to sail in two boats but he will soon sink under the weight of his falsehood.â€
Rejecting the diatribe of Sajad on 1987 elections, The leaders said, “He has spoken about the so called 1987 election rigging by NC & Congress. If at all Sajad was serious about it then why did he choose to be a minister under the Mufti Syed led cabinet in 2015. Didn’t his conscience stop him from working under a person who was JKPCC chief during 1987 elections. It’s high time for Sajad to do self-introspection and seek apologies from the people.â€