Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) Monday said it had sacrificed a number of its cadre to ensure that the people of Jammu and Kashmir voted, even in times of poll boycott calls, and that this “achievement” was now being used against it.
Referring to the Public Safety Act (PSA) slapped against NC vice-president and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah last week, party spokesperson Imran Dar said the grounds cited by the J&K administration for his detention were “shocking and perplexing”.
“When getting people in J&K to vote for mainstream politics and for democracy is used as a charge to slap PSA, it is a scary thing,” Dar told ThePrint. “So many of our cadres lost their lives for this purpose. This has been our achievement and yet it was used against us. This is shocking and perplexing.”
Among the grounds of detention the Ministry of Home Affairs has cited in Omar Abdullah’s PSA dossier is his “capacity” to influence his electorate “to come out and vote in huge numbers even during the peak of militancy and poll boycotts”.
ThePrint had earlier reported how the same “capacity” was cited to book NC’s general secretary and senior party leader Ali Mohammad Sagar as well. Sagar was a law minister in the erstwhile state.
‘Omar could convince electorate to vote’
The PSA dossier accuses Omar of favouring radical thoughts that “he has turned into actions”.
“An overview upon the activities of the subject suggest that ideology of the subject is favouring radical thoughts, which he has also turned into actions,” the dossier reads.
It cites Omar’s role in elections to further state that he has the “ability to influence people for any cause”. “The capacity of the subject to influence people for any cause can be gauged from the fact that he was able to convince his electorate to come out and vote in huge numbers, seen during the peak of militancy and poll boycott,” it adds.
“Despite the fact that the subject has been a mainstream politician, he has been planning his activities against the Union of India under the guise of politics,” the dossier states. “And while enjoying the support of gullible masses, he has been successful in execution of such activities.”
It also reads: “After revocation of Article 370 and Article 35, in order to secure support of common people, the subject removed all covers and curtains and while resorting to his dirty politics, has adopted radical methodology by way of instigating general masses against the policies of central government.”
Mufti is ‘daddy’s girl’, ‘Kota Rani’: PSA dossier
The J&K administration has been equally scathing in its dossier against PDP president and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, who is referred to as “daddy’s girl”, “scheming”, “hot headed” and “Kota Rani”, a medieval Kashmiri queen.
Speaking to ThePrint Monday, Iltija Mufti said, “We will be challenging the PSA order.”
“The subject is recognised as a hot-head, scheming person, known for dangerous and insidious machinations,” said the PSA dossier against Mehbooba. “She has been promoting separatism as corroborated by several confidential reports filed by (intelligence) agencies.”
“The subject (Mehbooba) is referred, for her dangerous and insidious machinations and usurping profile and nature, by the masses as ‘Daddy’s girl’ and ‘Kota Rani’, based on the profile of a medieval queen of Kashmir, who rose to power by virtue of undertaking intrigues ranging from poisoning of her opponents to ponyardings,” the dossier said.
Mehbooba has also been accused of colluding with separatists and creating disturbance in law and order as well. Her statements on advocating fundamental rights for political prisoners and criticism on the use of force against protesters in Kashmir is also part of the document.
Last week the civil administration filed PSA against five senior politicians of the valley which include Omar Abdullah, Mehooba Mufti, PDP’s Sartaj Madni and Naeem Akhtar and NC’s Ali Sagar.
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