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NC denounces PC chief’s remarks against its vice-president

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Srinagar: National Conference on Thursday denounced “uncouth remarks” of People’s Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone against NC vice-president as “comical lies and shameless attempt to blow smoke to gloss over his relation with BJP and RSS”.

In a statement here, NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said people know who is sailing under the false colors.

“Frustration in wake of the overwhelming response of people in Chenab region and elsewhere is written all over Sajad’s face. Nothing can be far from the truth than what he has stated. People have stopped swallowing his lies. His 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. They only cherry pick the one that suits their discourse at a time,” NC spokesperson said.

“Having no bone to pitch with the National Conference,” spokesperson said Lone is going ballistic and “lying through his teeth”.

“It is he who referred to PM Modi as his elder brother undermining the miseries of Gujarat riots victims. 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,” NC spokesperson said.

“Blinded by BJP’s favour, it was he who chose to continue as a part of a regime in 2016 that presided over blindings and scores of killings.  It’s about all me and me, when it comes to him. It was he who chose to zip his mouth when Kashmir had come to a grinding halt in 2016,” NC said.

“His cozying up with RSS in a conference at Pahalgam reinstated his permanent character as a pendulum. The pendulum character of his politics was further reinstated by his leaving the PAGD. His presence on the high tables of RSS-backed conferences reveal that he is here only to serve the underhanded assignments of RSS and BJP in Jammu and Kashmir,” NC spokesperson said.

Contrary to Lone, the NC statement said Omar Abdullah “has always served unvarnished truth to New Delhi, be in the parliament or in any of his public meetings.

“There is no question of stepping back from the struggle for the protection of the unique political and cultural identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added.

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