NC engaged in dirty tricks in Srinagar: Mehbooba

CALLS FOR VALLEY-WIDE PROTESTS ON JAN 5 AGAINST SHORTAGE OF BASIC AMENITIES

Srinagar Dec 26: Accusing ruling National Conference (NC) of playing “dirty tricks” in Srinagar, the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has called for Valley-wide protests on January 5 against lack of basic amenities and youth victimization. 
 In a statement a spokesman of PDP said while addressing party office bearers and workers, Mehbooba said, “after shrinking elsewhere in the state, the ruling NC is trying to hold on to Srinagar by adopting a strategy of political isolation and official repression.”
 “While the party has landed the state in serious crisis of governance, it is engaged in dirty tricks to keep Srinagar as a political hostage to stay in contention for power,” Mehbooba said.
 On the occasion senior PDP leaders including Naeem Akhtar, Syed Altaf Bukhari and district president Muhammad Ashraf Mir, MLC also participated in the interaction that discussed the protest programme of the party slated for January 5.
 The spokesman said the PDP is holding demonstrations at all district headquarters of Kashmir to protest the crisis created by shortage of electricity, gas and rations apart from price rise and victimisation of youth on false charges.
 “Srinagar was the worst sufferer of NC misrule and emotional exploitation in the past but it continued to play games with the people of the city and was using all unfair means to prevent a political contest to retain its false monopoly,” she said.
 Elaborating she claimed thousands of youth had been framed in false cases. And in spite of Chief Minister 's repeated announcements, the cases have not been withdrawn. Some of these youth are being forced to carry out the dirty tricks of NC to ensure that they (youth) in general continue to feel alienated and a viable opposition does not emerge and the party continues to pose as the only representative even as it survives primarily on the election boycott."
 Mehbooba said development process in the city is also guided either by “narrow political considerations or the objective of providing contracts to favourite contractors and suppliers with major chunk of funds going into the pockets of politicians.”
 "Even the installation of small amenities like street lights have been politicised. On the one hand, the party sold out water and power resources to stay in power and on the other it is doling out lights as if these are given from the huge personal assets of NC rulers," she said..
 Mehbooba said power crisis in the state had again reached the level where from the previous coalition had lifted it  “Inability of the government to streamline gas supply had thrown people back into dark ages. In subzero temperatures people have to remain in queue for days together to get a cylinder of LPG. Such a state of affairs is not witnessed even in places like Somalia and Afghanistan," she said.
 “The gas crisis, she said is another anti-climax of Omar Abdullah's election promise to provide additional subsidy on cooking gas. Contrary to that, not even unsubsidised gas was available in Kashmir,” she added.
 Referring to the huge unemployment problem Mehbooba alleged the jobs in government had once again been put on sale.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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