‘Party will meet its waterloo in upcoming polls’
Srinagar, Nov 24: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Ms Mehbooba Mufti Monday said National Conference as a result of its repeated betrayals of the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir would meet its waterloo in this election.
“NC has been misleading the people at the time of elections repeatedly but making compromises and sellouts on the vital economic and political interests of the state. But this time it seems that the party’s game is up and the people have seen through its real character,” she said while addressing various roadside meetings in Noorabad constituency of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Party leader and candidate for Noorabad constituency, Abdul Majid Padroo was also present on the occasion.
Mehbooba said NC is a spent political force and the people have decided to dump the party permanently in the assembly elections for its misdeeds and crimes. She said the history is witness to the fact that the party has always played with the sentiment and aspirations of the people and bartered state’s interests for the chair. “The political turmoil which consumed a generation of young people and devastated thousands of families in Kashmir is all because of the NC,” Mehbooba said.
PDP President said it is the power which has made NC blind and it never looked beyond the chair. NC’s lust for power has not only cost the state dearly but is the main reason for the party’s bankruptcy and lost influence among the masses. “Now the time has reached to a level that people are refusing to fight elections on its tickets and its senior leaders and workers are leaving it which indicates that the NC has lost its sheen,” she said.
Mehbooba said the NC leadership, besides getting huge support of the people in the past, has always taken the people for granted, disrespected the opposing voices and encouraged corruption, crime and nepotism that is why state didn’t see much progress, growth stagnation, economic backwardness under the governments of NC. “Had it taken the issues of the state serious the people would not have been suffering even for want of drinking water, which otherwise is present in abundance in Kashmir,” she added.
The PDP Chief said Omar Abdullah-led government will go into the history as the worst ever government the NC has given to Jammu and Kashmir whether in alliance with Congress or BJP. Mehbooba said the Omar Abdullah government has not only failed on the political front but during past six years it has made the people suffer immensely on the governance front as well.
“Corruption, nepotism and misgovernance has touched new heights in the state engulfing every single institution thereby further alienating the ordinary people with the system,” she said. She said Omar Abdullah government’s inefficient and insensitive handling of the state affairs has made mess of the things as a result people are badly sufferings on multiple fronts like power, bad roads, relief distribution, ration, drinking water forcing them to come out on roads with their demands. “People coming out on roads with their demands about the lack of basic amenities have become a routine now signifying the people’s anger with the incumbent government headed by Omar Abdullah,” she said.
Mehbooba said once voted to form the government PDP will establish farm based industries in Kashmir particularly in Kulgam and Shopian districts to give fillip to the local economy. She said the entire Kulgam district has the huge potential not only in horticulture but also in tourism and its allied activities. “We will harness that potential fully which will generate dignified employment opportunities not only for the local youth but for the youth of the entire state,” she added.