Raising the same issues in almost the same pitch in their election campaigns, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are busy accusing each other of deceiving the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The rival parties are promising greater devolution of powers to the state through the autonomy slogan of the National Conference and the self-rule slogan of the PDP.
"They have copied our autonomy document and are now calling it self-rule which is meant to deceive the people," says Farooq Abdullah, the National Conference president and former chief minister, who is contesting from Srinagar.
Abdullah's long time political rival Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the PDP patron, unequivocally criticises him.
"He (Abdullah) passed the autonomy resolution in the state assembly and then allowed it to be trashed by the central government in 2000. The National Conference has never been serious while fighting for the rights of the people here," Sayeed said at a rally in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, a strong bastion of his party.
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Image: Kashmiri protesters hold posters against the general elections and shout slogans for freedom during a protest, in Srinagar on April 24, 2009.