NC, not Centre deceived Kashmiris: Brig Gupta

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 9: “National Conference (NC) and its leadership has mastered the art of ‘politics of deceit’ and ironically is now trying to shift the blame on Central Government to mislead the people of the State and to cover up their own follies and acts of deceit done by the party ever since its inception.”
This was stated by Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a press release issued by the party. Contradicting the contention of NC President, Dr Farooq Abdullah that the continuous indifferent & rigidity of the successive Central Governments is responsible for the feeling of estrangement among the people of the State, Brig Gupta questioned Dr. Abdullah to explain to the people if it was possible for the Central Government to remain indifferent towards the State without the willing cooperation and connivance of the local power brokers?
He said for all the years NC was in power and it either enjoyed the blessings of the Central Government or was in alliance with it. Wasn’t NC responsible for the acts of omission and commission of the Central Government being fully associated with it?  At that time for the lust of power the Abdullahs kept singing praise of the Central Government and  now when they are out of power they are shifting the entire blame on the Centre is not only misleading but self-contradictory,  Brig Gupta added.
Listing their acts of deceit, Brig Gupta stated that it all began with the launching of ‘Quit Kashmir’ movement in May 1946, followed by forced exodus of Maharaja Hari Singh in June 1949 by Sheikh Abdullah who wanted to become the ultimate ruler of the State. A master stroke of deceit because the Sheikh had sought royal pardon in 1946 and promised to be never disloyal to the Maharaja. Then followed 1953 when he stabbed the government of India in its back and was arrested for acts of treason and secession. The return to power in 1975 as Chief Minister with the support of Congress was another masterstroke of ‘politics of deceit’ played with the Kashmiris.
He said who can forget his sudden resignation in 1990 leaving the State rudderless for 48 hours leading to massacre and mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits? “When Kashmir was burning, Farooq was enjoying in London”, lamented Brig Gupta.