PDP conniving to break NC-Congress coalition: Omar

‘The Party Is Power-Hungry; They Torched

Temples, Brought Gun To Kashmir’


Islamabad (Anantnag), Nov 24: Launching scathing attack on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Saturday accused the party of conspiring against coalition government to create fissures among the alliance partners.
“They (PDP) are clearly unnerved with the progress of the coalition government and are working day in and day out to create fissures among the alliance partners - National Conference and Congress. We have to be cautious of their nefarious designs,” Omar said while addressing Panchayat representatives at Dak Bungalow here.
Accusing PDP of being power hungry, Omar said, “This party can go to any extent to grab power. It is the same party which for their vested interests and for their lust of power torched temples to whip-up communal passions, used Raj Bhavan and brought gun and plunged the state into death and destruction.”
He said this time around too PDP is playing petty politics to get seats in the upcoming Legislative Council (LC) polls and the party is trying to create fissures between Congress and NC. “Phone calls are being made to different places. Even they knock at the doors of Panchayat members having affiliation with Congress party, saying that PDP is just an offshoot of their party and they are among them only and they go to the Panchayat members of our party saying that voting in favor of the coalition government is a vote for New Delhi,” Omar said.
He said LC polls have given a chance to the coalition partners to strengthen their ties and hopefully they are going to make the best out of this opportunity.
The function was organized to garner support of Panchs and Sarpanchs for the coalition candidates in the upcoming LC polls and in a show of unity the Chief Minister and Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister; Ali Muhammad Sagar shared the podium with State Congress chief, Prof Saifuddin Soz and Senior party leaders Peerzada Muhammad Syed and Ghulam Ahmad Mir. NC MLC, Bashir Ahmad Veeri and the contesting candidates of both the parties, Ghulam Nabi Monga and Ali Muhammad Dar were also present on the occasion.
Appealing the Panchayat members to vote for both the candidates fielded by the coalition government, Omar said the coalition is dedicated to the empowerment of the institution of Panchayat so that fruits of democracy percolate to grass root level.
“There are people among us like some MLAs and also some bureaucrats, who will never want to see the you get empowered and they are making every effort to undermine this Panchayat institution but let me assure you that despite all odds the coalition government will ensure the power shifted from secretariat to grass root level,” said Omar.
On the security of Panchayat representatives Omar said, “ We want the peace to prevail so that not only Panchs and Sarpanchs feel secure but a common man also feels secure and things are certainly moving in that direction”.
He asked the Panchs and Sarpanchs not to take threats seriously. “Everybody knows who pasts these posters? They cannot be militants. If there are ten threat posters to intimidate you, only an odd can be genuine,”
He said there are many people who will never want the Panchayat system to be a success and among them are the opponents who lost the polls and those who could not contest the elections because of threat.
He asked the Panchayat members not to cow down to these threats and work for the benefit of the people in rural areas. “It is this government only which conducted Panchayat polls after 35 years in the state and we are committed to make this a vibrant institution,” said Omar.
“The members elected by Panchs and Sarpanchs for the council will represent you and fight for rights and empowerment,” he said.
He said the CDF that will be granted to these elected MLCs will be provided to them through Panchayats only.
Lambasting the PDP for what he called party’s hollow slogans and rhetoric, Omar said, “This party only makes lot of hullabaloo but does nothing on ground but we mean business and don’t create noise”.
Omar said PDP’s Self Rule and healing touch policy proved nothing but mere rhetoric aimed at befooling the people.
Meanwhile, similar gatherings were also held at Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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