Omar jittery about his future: PDP

‘Fairy Tales Don’t Get Votes’

Srinagar Jan 30: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said if chief minister Omar Abdullah is so confident about his four year report card and public support, he should not be seen begging for an alliance with Congress.
“The fact is that the chief minister is extremely jittery about his future and his bravado doesn’t match either his performance at the ground or the political credibility of his party,” PDP chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar and senior leader Syed Altaf Bukhari said in a joint statement while responding to Omar’s statement in Ganderbal on Tuesday.
Akhtar and Bukhari said the chief minister in his fifth year of heading a coalition has not a single major scheme, project or program to his credit and now he is trying to blame the opposition for his failures. “In fact he has led the state backwards  into despair from a position of hope and growth apart from disastrous performance on development front,” the statement said and added that not to speak of the state, the chief minister doesn’t have a single achievement to his credit even in his own constituency.
“On one hand Omar Sahab claims he is not worried about his criticism by the opposition while on the other he talks more about PDP than his own party,” the PDP leaders said and added that in a democracy it is the duty of the opposition to expose the weaknesses of the government and highlight people’s problems “but the despotic and arrogant mindset of NC born out of its long held monopoly doesn’t allow it to see this as a normal political activity.”
The PDP leaders alleged that the present coalition is defined by fraud, corruption, inefficiency and lack of vision that has resulted in stagnation of the state in an environment of overall growth. “Fairy tales don’t get votes anymore in a state that now knows that governments can bring change in their lives as they witnessed for a brief while when NC was marginalized after 2002,”  the PDP leaders said.
Referring to recent stinkers from the Centre and the Planning Commission of India (PCI) to the state government, the PDP leaders said no government has so severely been condemned for non-performance as the present one. “Inefficiency of the state government has led the Centre to hold back special plan assistance leading to severe cash crunch. Further releases under the Prime Minister’s reconstruction Program have been stopped for non performance. This program, the biggest economic intervention in the state secured by the PDP led coalition is delayed like the other major programs funded by the ADB and executed through ERA,” they said and added that the gag order issued by PCI to politicians including ministers and MLAs about false announcements made by them should have embarrassed the chief minister and led him to set his house in order “but instead he has launched a tirade against the opposition.”
They said the MNREGA has become a milch cow for the ruling politicians and their agents forcing government of India to stop releases at least in one district under this flagship scheme.
Akhtar & Bukhari said while a national debate in the country is focused on the law governing juvenile crimes in the context of Delhi gang-rape and how to deal with a 17 and a half year accused, Omar Abdullah’s administration does not bat an eyelid while slapping PSA on 10 year olds and throwing them into jail for ‘waging war against the state’ with a stone.
“Whether it is 14 year old Faizan from Islamabad, Haris Ahmed (16) from Bohrikadal, Naeem Ahmed Dar (14) from Rainawari or Zulfikar Shaikh (15) from Jogilankar, all were sent to prison in Omar’s Kashmir,” they said.
They said after Omar Abdullah failed to implement his announcement made on 21st October 2011 about revocation of AFSPA “in 2-3 days” he has now declared it as a ‘mission’ to mislead the people. “If he is sincere about his claims the chief minister should conduct probe into the killing of 120 young people in 2010, take back cases against thousands of young men who have been framed in false cases, release the children from jail and pay compensation to them and all the victims of his four year repression,” they said.
Reminding Omar that public memory is not so short as to forget “all his atrocities and his false promises that people would vote for him just for his asking or political jugglery.” They said he will certainly be held accountable by voters “for misleading them in his own constituency during last elections where he had raised the infamous slogan “meter todo heater lagao” and that his government would provide additional subsidy on cooking gas or under-matric candidates would be recruited in police. They said while the electricity has disappeared in four years in spite of a four fold increase in tariff and doubling of generation in the state, gas is available only in black market.
Akhtar & Bukhari said Omar government has started talking of fast track recruitment only when the elections are approaching. This is clearly to benefit the favourites and buy votes for the ruling parties and make their agents rich as they are already out to collect money for jobs.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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