Mufti for strong opposition against NC-led Government
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Dec 10: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed today sought public support to put together a strong opposition to clear, what he called, the mess created by National Conference in the state.
“Tragedy with J&K is that while every state in the country has a strong opposition, in our state there is no alternative for the people. Time has come to evolve a strong opposition against the present regime which has failed on all fronts”, Mufti said.
Addressing a workers’ rally organised by new entrant in the party, Avtar Singh Khalsa, in Dignia area here, Mufti claimed that throughout his life he has fought to allow democracy to grow in Jammu and Kashmir.
For last 50 years I stood with the people and fought against the National Conference (NC) even when there was no opposition against it, the former CM said, adding, “Sheikh Abdullah was great leader, but I never went to his door. I played the role of opposition when no one was ready to stand against him. Democracy was never allowed to flourish in the state.”
Claiming that 2002 assembly elections was a turning point in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, he said the results were a clear mandate against the National Conference. “At that time there were apprehensions among the people that the elections will be rigged like in 1987, which led to the eruption of militancy in the state, but I reposed faith in the democratic set up of India,” he said.
“My party workers had fears that elections will not be free and fair, but the credit goes to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who ensured the polls are held in fair manner. It allowed people to express their anger through the ballot”, he claimed.
Lashing out at the present NC-led coalition government in the state, Mufti said that during past three years of governance the state is on receiving end.
“Panchayat elections were held, but the institutions did not get required powers, elections to municipal corporations and councils have been put on the backburner despite being due for last two years. I want to ask the government where is Accountability Commission and Vigilance Commission”, Mufti said.
Cautioning the national leadership about destabilizing democratic processes and institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, Sayeed said that it seems that Congress and BJP have found common cause in targeting the State of Jammu and Kashmir. National Conference, he said, was playing a willing partner’s role in this dangerous game to undermine democratic institutions in this state.
He said that it was time to heal the wounds inflected on Jammu and Kashmir during the last six decades by denying full democracy and justice to its people.
“Instead of strengthening democratic institutions and facilitating flourishing of democracy in the state, the national parties in league with NC are merely playing power politics at the cost of their own principles and party agenda by disrupting the very fabric of democracy in the state,” he said while making a reference to statement given by expelled BJP legislators in which they had alleged that the BJP national general secretary had forced party legislators to vote in favour of NC leader Farooq Abdullah for his re-election to the Rajya Sabha in February 2009.
PDP patron said that the latest revelation made by the legislators expelled from the BJP only confirmed the general impression that the resolution of problem of Jammu and Kashmir and providing a clean representative and responsible government was not their objective.
He attacked national parties for adopting double standard on many issues. “In other parts of the country such parties allowed wish of people to prevail but in Jammu and Kashmir such national parties are in league with NC to erode and undermine democratic institutions”, he regretted and added that dignity of the higher democratic institution like Assembly was undermined as no serious and detailed discussion was allowed in the House. “Except PDP, no other party is interested in holding any serious discussion in the Assembly”, he said.
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