In a scathing attack on incumbent Cabinet Minister from Congress Party Sham Lal Sharma for his advocacy to have a Hindu Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference Thursday said that Congress party has stooped so low that it has now started to play divisive, negative and destructive politics.
National Conference senior leader and former Member Parliament Dr Mehboob Beigh termed the remarks of Sham Lal Sharma ‘utter nonsense’ and said that the sitting Cabinet Minister doesn’t know the basic concept of democracy.
“What you can expect from an ordinary citizen when you’re sitting Cabinet Minister is trying to damage the secular fabric of the State. It is unfortunate that Sharma and his company have started playing religious card for vote bank.” Beigh told CNS adding that Congress party is desperate to consolidate vote bank in Jammu after it was decimated in recently concluded Parliament elections.
Dr Mehboob Beigh further said that if Sharma is thinking that by playing religious card his party will make inroads then he is living in a fool’s paradise. “This is simply a cheap gimmick on party of Congress party which shows how desperate this party is to gain some votes in Jammu division.” he said.
Another National Conference leader and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Akbar Lone told CNS that Sham Lal Sharma is trying to revive Congress by playing religious card in Jammu which is very dangerous. He said that Sham Lal Sharma is day-dreaming like an owl but he should know that it is the single largest party in the legislator that elects a candidate for Chief Ministership.
“His remarks have exposed Congress party’s so-called secular character. Sharma forgot that he is the Minister of a party which claims to be secular and accuses BJP of playing Hindu card.” Lone said.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yousf Tarigami said that the remarks of Sham Lal Sharma are irrelevant and biased. “A Chief Minister is elected by single largest party and he should be one who should work for the welfare of the people irrespective of caste, color, creed, sex and religion.” Tarigami said.