With eyes on polls Farooq now bats for ‘Azadi’: Brig Gupta

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 6: True to his nature, Dr Farooq Abdullah has once again changed colours with the onset of Summer in Kashmir, as he is reputed for changing colours like the seasons in Kashmir, said Brig (retd), Anil Gupta in a statement here, today.
“People are intoxicated by Azadi”, Farooq said while speaking in a seminar organised by Central University Kashmir in Srinagar. Not very long ago, Farooq had said, “talk of an independent Kashmir was “wrong” as the Valley is landlocked and surrounded by three nuclear powers — China, Pakistan and India”, stated Brig Gupta.
Brig Gupta said admonishing Farooq, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said, “these power-hungry politicians always played deceit. These irresponsible and short-sighted people have always served the interests of their masters. They are barefaced, follow their treacherous politics and are never ashamed of their absurd statements.” Geelani had also advised Farooq to revisit annals of history and claimed that the former was speaking against the wishes and aspirations of the people. It appears that Farooq has taken the advice of Geelani very seriously and forgotten his convictions of the past when he portrayed himself as a true Indian and nationalist leader lamented, Brig Gupta.
Brig Gupta reminded the NC patron of what he had written in his book “My Dismissal-Farooq Abdullah” published in 1985, “for us accession of J&K to India is complete, final and irrevocable. We will not allow this to be reopened in any case.” Has Dr Farooq forgotten this or he is again resorting to ‘opportunistic politics’ to plunge the Valley into a fresh turmoil this Summer, so that any hope a common Kashmiri had of a peaceful Summer, that would enable him to earn a livelihood with dignity, is dashed to the ground, said Brig Gupta?
Condemning the statement, Brig Gupta said that it amply proves that as far as NC-Congress combine is concerned, “there is no real dividing line between the so-called ‘mainstream’ and so-called ‘secessionist’ politics.”
These two parties in the Valley have mastered the art of playing with people’s emotions closer to elections. They did so at the time of Srinagar Parliamentary by-election, which Farooq won as the alliance candidate. Now they have begun to prepare the ground for 2019 elections with open support to stone-pelters and terrorists.