SRINAGAR, Aug 3: A war of words has ensued between Kashmir’s ruling National Conference party and one of its allies after the latter criticised their founder, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, for the state’s “messy situation” at present.
On Thursday, Abdullah’s son and NC’s firebrand general secretary adjunct called agriculture minister and Democratic Party (Nationalist) president, Ghulam Hassan Mir, “a progeny of security agencies”.
“He (Mir) has bigger political ambitions far beyond his political stature. He is fully supported by security agencies, who have all along propped him. He is talking their language,” Kamal was quoted as saying by a local daily.
Mir had blamed NC founder and former Chief Minister, Sheikh Abdullah’s long struggle for plebiscite which, he said, had resulted in the present ‘mess’ in the situation.
“He (Sheikh) was the tallest leader but he failed to transform the mindset of people which had developed during the plebiscite movement,” Mir had told a news agency.
“Sheikh Sahab himself termed his 23 year of struggle for plebiscite as political wilderness. He realized it and signed the 1975 accord which was an appropriate decision,” he said.
Retorting back, Kamal has blamed Mir for indulging in “cheap politics”.
“Many of the politicians who have been speaking against late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah should go through the history before making such assertions. People like Mir should first look within and then talk as he has played a dubious and dirty role since 1990,” Kamal said.