Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said Central and North Kashmir will complete the whitewash of the National Conference in the state as the voters of Anantnag parliamentary constituency set the trend for change in Thursday’s polling braving heavy odds.
According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing various roadside meetings in Chrar-e-Sharif segment of Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Mehbooba said the PDP would emerge victorious in the entire Kashmir Valley as people are disillusioned with the misrule, bad governance and political backstabbing of the NC.
She said the NC rule reinforced alienation in Kashmir by targeting all sections of the society especially the youth and tried to benefit from it in South Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency. But, the hatred against it is so widespread and deep-rooted that even an enforced boycott could not help it, she said.
Mehbooba said while a section of the people is definitely alienated from the system as a result of NC’s policies a more matured opinion has been able to realize that NC has now developed a vested interest in instability, violence and anger among the youth, which it is deliberately promoting. “To the contrary the performance of the PDP in government and in the opposition has convinced people that this party has stakes in peace, prosperity and development,” she said.
Mehbooba said the people are now able to clearly see and find the difference between the two parties as the NC which wants to keep Kashmir boiling. “While Dr Farooq Abdullah introduced gun by rigging the 1987 elections Omar Abdullah handed stones to the youth as a result of his inefficiency and mis-governance,” she added.
She said the performance of Omar Abdullah’s government has been disastrous over the last more than five years where the ordinary people have to face tremendous hardships because of the anarchy prevailing in the system. She said under the present regime corruption has touched new heights in the state, power scenario has gone abysmal, the development process has taken a back foot, there is growth stagnation prevailing and the policy paralysis has created havoc in the system which is also responsible for the disillusionment among people.
She said the Omar Abdullah’s government has miserably failed to tackle the growing unemployment among the educated youth and instead of working to tackle the issue it brazenly reemployed more than 400 corrupt bureaucrats with huge salaries and perks.
The PDP president said by way of ‘performance’, Omar Abdullah has only few things to his credit which include the introduction of Chili Grenades, Pepper Guns and Pellet Guns to be used against the Kashmir youth, who dare to raise their voice against injustice and misrule.
She said now the people have to make a clear choice and decide whether they want to suffer under the burden of NC or want to move ahead and allow the state to grow at par with other developed states of the country. Mehbooba said the PDP has clear vision and agenda for the development of J&K and the party will pursue it vigorously to get the state out of this prevailing mess and for that people have to give the party a decisive mandate in the elections.