Govt using militancy as shield to hide failures, inefficiency: Mehbooba

Mehbooba-MuftiSrinagar : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said there is no denying the fact that post 1990 turmoil has cost the state dearly in terms of human and economic lost, but National Conference has no moral authority to use it as a shield for hiding its failures and sell-outs.

Addressing workers meeting at Dangerpora in Sopore constituency, Mehbooba said it was primarily because of the rigging resorted to by the NC-led coalition in 1987 that changed the political scene in the state, and led to violence.
The senior party leaders Syed Basharat Bukhari, Naeem Akhtar and Dr Shahzad Asim were also present and spoke on the occasion.

Mehbooba said NC has been intolerant of democracy and dissent ever since its inception. She said whenever NC was at the helm of affairs; they sort to rig the elections from 1952 itself that was one major reason why the people of the state don’t have the same faith in democratic process as in other parts of the country.

Mehbooba said Sopore area has been victimized by the present government and no explanation by the Chief Minister can compensate for his government’s inability to address serious development deficiencies in the town and its adjoining villages. She said the government has only been able to strength the police presence in the area and given it more police stations rather than upgrading health facilities.

Similarly, the bridge on the Sopore bypass is awaiting completion for about two decades, where as foundation stones for new projects are being laid to mislead the people on the eve of elections. She said Sopore town is facing massive traffic congestion, as a result of incompletion of Tulibal Bridge and the fruit export is also suffering huge losses as a result.

Mehbooba said a change in the life of the people and future of the state can usher in only if people vote on the basis of performance of PDP during its brief tenure in power and latter in opposition.

“There is no reason for gloom or despondency if we use our democratic rights with wisdom and give a chance to PDP to carry forward its unfinished agenda of political resolution and economic development with focus on creating job opportunities for the youth,” she said.

The PDP president said the problem of J&K will not disappear without addressing and solving it. She said a prerequisite for a resolution is improvement in the relations between India and Pakistan for which foundations were laid in 2003-Vajpayee initiative.

She said the PDP aims at using the people’s mandate to revive that environment of friendship and diplomatic progress on Kashmir, if it receives a decisive mandate in the elections.