The People’s Conference Chairman and former minister Sajad Lone has said that anyone who is daring to come up in Kashmir apart from two families is branded as a stooge or backed by the BJP.
In an interview to New Delhi based news channel NDTV, Sajad Lone said that anybody daring to come up in Kashmir will be branded as a BJP guy. “In Kashmir there is conflict, there is violence. People are victims of a discourse. A vicious discourse is started which invariably ends up in an assassination.As happened in Abdul Gani Lone sahib’s case.These discourses are nothing short of attempts, intentionally or unintentionally, for future assassinations,” he said.
He said that these discourses are started from the leaders who have 300-400 security people guarding them and their families. “They increase the threat level of people on the ground level who are unguarded. They make them so insecure and finally it ends up in an assassination. I would beg, for not my sake but for those who are in the field that let us put an end to this nonsense.”
Sajad said that when Shah Faesal came up, when he first decided to join the NC, at that time he was an angel but when he finally decided not to join the NC then all of a sudden, he became a stooge of the BJP and was hounded out. “Anybody daring to go beyond the traditional families is branded either as a traitor or as a BJP ally.”
“What has Delhi done for me? There are two families for Delhi has done everything to give them power. In 1975 to the NC. In 1987, rigged elections. Gave them power in 1996. Elections three times given on a plate. My father used to fight from Handwara 40 years back. And they used to rig his polls. He would still win. I am fighting for the same Handwara. Got nothing. I’m struggling on the ground. And there are these elites with lots of friends in Delhi who conjure up these surreal theories of me now being a BJP guy. What would it take for these people to accept someone for not being BJP but people still joining them? Anybody who shows some traction either with people joining them or people at the mass level, they will say he is a stooge,” Sajad said.
He also said he is a person who was a separatist who has seen jail, who has seen torture. “I have been hung upside down. I am not a Chocolate boy or a Chocolate girl. I have not grown up in the laps of agencies and uncles. I have seen it the hard way. I have been hit, slapped kicked. I have seen my friends go to jail. I have some friends in jail even today who have been jailed by these people.”
“What is the bigger role in J&K.? Saving people or getting them jailed. It is very difficult when you send someone to jail. It is very difficult when you get someone killed. In 2010, 120 people were killed. In 2016, people died. Is anybody even naming them today?,” he questioned.
He said that for restoration of Article 370, there has to be a strategy and he does not want to make a noise for the sake of it. “We have a policy, and we will talk about it. PAGD has not moral right to talk about Article 370 and anybody not aligning with them does not mean he or she is not seeking restoration to special status to J&K,” he said.
“Today I believe we have to reach out to the people of India, because Article 370 has to be restored in the Parliament and not in J&K assembly.We have to reach to the people of India,we cannot anger them, we cannot incite them,” he added.
Lone also said that the only time PDP could emerge was in 2002 when there was a non-Congress government. “At that time the NC said that they are a creation of the IB and the BJP.Today they are in an alliance with the PDP in PAGD,” he added.