NC needs others to steer its ship: Mufti Sayeed

‘Despite Using Govt Machinery To Its Best Misuse, PDP Did Well’

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Dec 9: In an obvious bid to undermine the victory of the National Conference in the recently held Legislative Council elections, former Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has said that the National Conference leadership, which once used to say that there is no alternative to the NC in the state, now needs the support of others to steer its ship.
 Addressing a rally at Bari Brahamna today, the first after the results of the Legislative Council elections, Mufti in an obvious reference to the Congress- National Conference alliance, said that had there been no alliance and the National Conference had contested the elections on its own, the results would have been different particularly in the valley.
 Blaming the state government for using the government machinery to its utmost misuse in the elections, former Chief Minister said that despite full misuse of the government machinery, PDP did exceedingly well in the elections. “Had it not been done, the situation would have been different particularly in the valley”, he said while appreciating the panchayat representatives for their support to the party.
 Eloquently defending the PDP’s performance in the elections to the four seats of the upper house, Mufti said, “NC has demolished both democratic institutions as well as the democratic process in the state to remain in power. The ship so called NC is sinking and the days are not far when there will be a big change in the state which no one will be able to stop”.
 A confident appearing Mufti, while sharpening his attack on the NC said that the monopoly of the NC is over. “NC has lost its credibility among the people due to its anti-people policies, corruption, non-accountability and nepotism. The party (NC) now has to rely on others contrary to its claims that there is no alternative to them in the state. The first instance of this was seen in the Council elections”, he said adding that emergence of PDP as a credible regional force had ended monopolistic politics and introduced a much needed corrective into the democratic system of Jammu and Kashmir.
 He further said that democracy in the state had suffered in the past for a variety of reasons but one major deficiency was the absence of a credible alternative to the National Conference in the state adding that this left people in the Valley with a fait accompli in the shape of National Conference and fractured Jammu mandate with the result that no matter who voted for whom National Conference ended up in the driver’s seat. He said that this unusual scenario for a democracy made the NC arrogant and the notion of absolute power and indispensability led it ideologically and materially to absolute corruption and it would swap parties, rig elections, oppress opponents, and make U turns and compromises on state’s vital interests with impunity.
 He added, “In the process the state that is blessed by nature with immense resources for growth suffered economically, socially and politically and is reduced to a begging bowl because there was no political audit and accountability of rulers”.
 Referring to corruption, he said that while corruption was a major problem at the national level, in J&K it had the patronage of people in high places and the vigilance apparatus had been completely disabled.
 A large number of political workers including district vice-president of National Conference, Saleem Choudhary along with hundreds of his supporters also joined PDP on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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