NC left JK in a terrible mess: Mehbooba
Peoples Democratic Party President and Member Parliament Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said her party stands by its commitment to "fight for the people's cause and bring a qualitative improvement in their lives."
"The Assembly elections of 2014 have thrown up a challenging mandate loaded with arduous responsibilities and huge expectations," Mehbooba said, addressing a party convention here.
She said unfortunately the previous regime led by National Conference has "left the State in a terrible mess and the present Government has not only to undo the damage done by that regime but mark a new beginning, with a fresh resolve, on political, economic and developmental fronts."
"The revelations made in the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that how the previous regime has left around 300 developmental works worth Rs 1500 crore unfinished is just a tip of the iceberg," she said. ""Hundreds of school buildings, roads, water supply schemes and other projects were taken up and left midway by that regime just to fill the coffers of the politco-contractor nexus that was rampant during that period."
"Even the salaries of the government employees had been diverted to make this politco-contractor flourish," she maintained.
Making it clear that Jammu and Kashmir "cannot develop without a flourishing democracy and democracy cannot be sustained without peace and development", Mehbooba reiterated her party's resolve to "facilitate dignified solution of the political and economic challenges confronting the State and its people."
"I visualize a space of dignity, opportunity and prosperity for the people of the State. We have, between 2002 and 2005, laid the foundations towards building a peaceful and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir and it is now the time to move ahead on that vision marking a new beginning," she said and added that the elected representatives have to bb responsive to the needs and concerns of people.
Addressing the convention, PDP's Chief Spokesman, Dr Mehboob Beg said, PDP has "emerged as a viable regional alternative in the State ending the darkest era of decades old political exploitation."
He said the people have now "robust political option available in the shape of PDP which has shown a new direction through its impressive performance under the visionary leadership of Mufti Sayeed."