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‘Never too late to stand for your rights’: rebel NC leader hails PDP for boycotting Delimitation Commission

Rebel National Conference leader Aga Ruhullah Mehdi lauded the PDP on Tuesday for staying away from the proceedings of the Delimitation Commission, saying “it is never too late to stand for your rights”.

In a letter to the commission, the People’s Democratic Party has said it will not be a part of an exercise, the outcome of which “is widely believed to be pre-planned”.

“It is never too late to stand for your rights. Unambiguity is the way forward. Hoping this letter reflects the in-house consensus. The message of the letter is appreciable,” Mehdi, who was once the chief spokesman of the National Conference, said in a tweet.

The former minister and an influential Shia leader have fallen out with the NC leadership, including Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, on how they have gone about handling the post-August 2019 situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after the pro-Article 370 political parties attended the all-party meet convened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, Mehdi went on an offensive against the decision of the Kashmiri leaders.

“Which nation or society satisfies itself with insignificant things when its rights and dignity have been snatched forcefully? I don’t know of a nation that accepts and satisfies itself with the new low that it has been pushed to against its will,” he tweeted.

The rebel NC leader summed up the all-party meet in one line: “A briefing session for participation in delimitation and elections. Period.” The PDP has decided to stay away from the proceedings of the Delimitation Commission, claiming that the outcome of the exercise is “pre-planned”.

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