Mehbooba blasts NC for City ‘victimization’

Srinagar Dec 9: Peoples Democratic Party, President, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday came down heavily on the National Conference, the party which bagged all the eight City constituency seats in the As...

Srinagar Dec 9: Peoples Democratic Party, President, Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday came down heavily on the National Conference, the party which bagged all the eight City constituency seats in the Assembly elections, accusing the NC led government of victimizing worst the summer Capital through "politics of betrayal, deceit and exploitation".
 Mehbooba said even as the entire state was at the receiving end of the NC politics, Srinagar has been its worst victim.
 Addressing a meeting of the office bearers and prominent workers of the Srinagar unit of the party Thursday, the PDP President said NC had time and again been exploiting the people of Srinagar for its political survival but has always taken the capital city for granted.
 "That is why even while being one of the most prominent historical cities of the world, Srinagar ranks perhaps the lowest in development index," she maintained.
  Mehbooba said given its rich and diverse cultural past, though the City has the potential of becoming heritage tourism capital of South Asia,  "NC's exploitation and neglect of Srinagar has led it to be declared as one of the most threatened 100 heritage sites of the world".
 "It is indeed a shame that in spite of claiming to represent the City politically for decades, the NC has failed even in providing basic amenities to its population," she said.
 But Mehbooba didn't stop here but accused the NC of rights abuse.
  "On the other hand worst kind of repression has been let loose on the people of the City with its youth facing major brunt. Hundreds of them have been arrested, including some government employees, while numerous others have been forced underground," she said.
 The PDP President said even the residential houses weren't being spared from tyranny.
 In a party handout Mehbooba said "Security forces are taking sadistic pleasure out of damaging residential houses particularly in Srinagar so that the inmates are exposed to extreme cold and punished in a manner that is not reported in press."
 Referring to the unemployment problem which the Srinagar youth face, Mehbooba said even though their counterparts in rural areas too were finding it difficult to get jobs, the plight of urban youth is a cause of greater concern as they don't have even the option of working in agriculture fields.
 Instead of attending to this grave crisis, the NC led government is adopting more and "more draconian methods to crush people's voice against injustice which has united the urban and rural population in their current struggle".
  She said the recent directions of the High Court on engagement of 43000 casual labourers have "confirmed the worst fears that the coalition government was out to sell these jobs in the old NC tradition".
 "It is sad and depressing that Omar Abdullah government, like all other positive measures taken by the previous government reversed the transparency in recruitment as well," she pointed out.
 Mehbooba said Srinagarites had taken a severe hit from the failure of consecutive tourist seasons which had affected all sections of society and resulted in job crunch.
 While the previous year's business was lost as a result of the mishandling of Shopian rape and murder case, she said, the current turmoil was triggered by innocent killing at the hands of government.
  "It's a sad commentary on the mindset of the NC leadership that instead of showing remorse on killing 111 people in cold blood and punishing the perpetrators, Farooq Abdullah and Omar were taunting people for their inability to seek justice from a heartless dispensation" she said.
 She said the Dal development project for which PDP had got Rs 300 crore project from Government of India had become a "victim of apathy and political interference".
 "Development of Eidgah and Hazratbal shrine had been abandoned as an indicator of worst political revenge, while the party was busy identifying innocent people for arrest on charges of stone throwing and extorting money from victims," she said.
 Amongst others those who addressed the gathering were PDP District President Srinagar Muhammad Ashraf Mir,  Senior Leader Ab Hameed Kosheen and Asiea Naqash.

PDP BULLETS

 *NC's exploitation and neglect of Srinagar has led  it to be declared as a most threatened heritage site in the world.

 *Indeed a shame that in spite of claiming to represent the City politically for decades, the NC has failed even in providing basic amenities to its population.

*It's sad and depressing that Omar Abdullah government, like all other positive measures taken by the previous government, reversed the transparency in recruitment as well.

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