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PDP treats power as a duty towards people:Mehbooba


Srinagar, April 30 (Scoop News) – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said the only achievement of the present coalition is its survival merely on the strength of numbers in the assembly and external lifelines otherwise people are fed up with its non performance, mis governance and corruption. Addressing a meeting of party workers of Beerwa constituency at Kanihama today she said present government lacked credibility that is the pre requisite for any efficient governance system. Senior party leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, MLA Dr Mohd Shafi Wani, district president Saifudin Bhat, youth general serectary Nazir Yatoo, Zone president Hissamudin Masoodi and others were present on this occasion.
Mehbooba said credibility of a government comes through its leadership, vision, agenda and its execution and the present government lacks all these vital elements. It, she said is a coalition of the vested interests that is led by a party which has become the most unpopular ruling organization in the history of the state. She said the NC had for decades existed as the only option for people who had not been able to experience difference in governance and delivery. But the emergence of PDP and its brief stint in power had exposed people to a new experience.
Mehbooba said it is a matter of satisfaction for her and the party leadership that the people are looking up to PDP with great expectations. But, at the same time it gives her very over whelming feeling of challenge as the state is faced with immense problems on political and development fronts. She said her party has an agenda and avision that is practical and had been partly initiated on ground under the previous PDP- Congress coalition. She said her party’s vision is to take the state forward as a vibrant economic and developmet model. “We are very clear about how to tackle the problems of poverty, unemployment, power deficiency, institutional decay and environmental issues and it is a good sign that people have now realized that PDP alone could take the state out of its problems on political and economic fronts”, she added. She said PDP has established that unlike the NC it takes power as a duty towards people and not a licence to luxury.
Mehbooba said for the last four and half years Omar Abdullah government has not a single achievement worth mentioning to its credit. She said this government through its wrong and anti people policies created chaos and widespread disturbances in 2009 – 2010 and then followed it up with worst crackdown on all sections of people. "Hundreds lost life at the hands of government. Now as a result of its repressive policies it has enforced a silence which it is projecting as peace and same kind of an achievement." She said people do not have so short a memory that they would not remember the positive and relaxed atmosphere that the previous government had established and passed on to Omar Abdullah which he destroyed within no time.
Mehbooba said the silence that has been cast upon the state is a result of the total denial of freedom of expression and large scale harassment and victimization of youth. Thousands of youth continue to be treated as criminals and are facing multiple cases in courts and police stations. She said this is a total negation of democratic values and constitutional rights of the people.
Referring to the unemployement problem Mehbooba said the so called Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme failed to provide relief to any one except a few hand picked favourites of ruling politicians. She said this government has re-employed around three hundred retired persons just to keep politicians happy. On the other hand thousands of dailywagers have been retrenched after having put in amny years of service.
Mehbooba said the media, CAG and the union ministers, all have pointed out how the NC led government has failed to implement all centrally sponsored schemes like MNREGA, PMGSY, and schemes in education and other sectors. The so called historic initiatives that the government propagandists and ministers boast of remain confined to announcements, papers and the pockets of ruling politicians and their agents, she said.
Speaking on this occasion Senior vice president of the party Molvi Iftikhar Hussian Ansari said PDP during its brief period had made a revolutionary intervention with Asian Development Bank funding for several projects which present government had almost been unable to continue. he said a network of rural and urban roads was envisaged but under the present government every thing has come to a stand still. “They consider even blacktopping of a road patch as a mercy on people and publicised as the chief minister’s great personal achievement” he said and asserted that the people of the state were no beggars. We deserve development as a right and PDP had the right vision to implement it he stressed.
He mentioned that the state has suffered huge economic losses due to the discriminatory and grossly unfair water agreements signed by the successive NC regimes with NHPC and other agencies. Our rivers could generate power worth thousands of crores but the NC always sold our collective interests for personal power he said.

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