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Those changing parties are opportunists: Er Rasheed

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Bandipora: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Thursday said that the mainstream leaders who are joining the different parties are opportunists and will always be held responsible for every misdeed of Mehbooba Mufti, saying that shifting their loyalties to other side won’t help them.
Er Rasheed as per a statement issued to here said that the regional parties including National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are becoming rubber stamps of New Delhi.
Appealing people to support AIP as ‘a vibrant alternative to traditional mainstream parties’, Er Rasheed asked politicians to respect values and morality and show some consistency towards Kashmiris.
Addressing a function organized to welcome respectable citizens and people from different walks of life in party at Bandipora, Er Rasheed said, “While credibility of regional parties is already facing huge challenges, changing loyalties from one party to another has raised more question marks on the intentions and sincerity of mainstream politicians.”
“On one side NC and PDP have achieved nothing since past 25 years except diluting Kashmir cause and becoming rubber stamps of New Delhi and now by shifting loyalties to other side most of these opportunists have further eroded the faith of masses in mainstream leaders. They would always be held responsible for every misdeed of Mehbooba Mufti and joining any other party will not help them,” he said.
He said one has every right to believe that both NC and PDP have just one common agenda that is to gain power and can go to any extent even if it degrades and devalues the entire political spectrum of J&K.
“It has been proven time and again that resolving Kashmir issue or even talking about Human Rights Violations, sentiments and sacrifices of masses is not their cup of tea and both of them are engaged just in breaking each other. The facts reveal that neither NC nor PDP has achieved anything except failures and getting their hands socked with blood of Kashmiris,” he added.
Er Rasheed added under such circumstances there is a desperate need to fill the political vacuum by supporting those forces who should not be working under any influence of New Delhi or someone else and AIP is the only emerging option which has over the years pleaded agenda of right to self-determination, good governance, end to VIP culture and preserving the unique identity of Jammu & Kashmir.
He said that party doesn’t have any hidden agenda and appealed people to reject traditional and opportunist forces and fulfill their duties by supporting saner voices and encouraging them to strengthen and join AIP.
On the occasion, senior party leader Prince Parvez said that time is ripe for Kashmiris to give AIP a chance so that their sentiments and sacrifices are represented the way they deserve to be represented.
Er Rasheed also visited protesting employees of Athwatoo power project, who are on indefinite strike since last 24 days and assured them of highlighting their genuine grievances with the concerned authorities.


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