Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti, Sunday said the governments are elected by the people for giving good governance and not wasting the full tenure pursuing anti-people policies and then in the last moment trying to sell moon and stars, a party statement.
In a scathing attack on its erstwhile coalition partner Congress and NC, Mehbooba blamed both these parties for damaging the institutions and creating mess in the state. “Both these parties enjoyed power only to ensure luxuries for ruling politicians, their families and agents at the cost of the people over last more than five years and in doing so they did whatever they could to harm the state and people’s interests,” she said.
Addressing a function to welcome eminent political activists from Rajouri Fazal Hussain Chohan, Chaudhary Sharif, Chaudhary Mukhtar and Haji Karamat Hussain and senior veterinarian Dr Abdur Rashid from Trehgam Kupwara into the party fold, she said the rout in Lok Sabha elections has served National Conference a big blow and they have now suddenly realized that people who had reposed faith on them for many decades have become fully aware of its dirty tricks and deceitful politics.
“National Conference has unfortunately taken the people for granted over the decades because they had in the past been able to exploit their emotions through hollow slogans and also subverted the electoral system to enjoy power in spite of their misdeeds, corruption and nepotism,” said Mehbooba.
Mehbooba said that people of the state have made their choice clear in the general elections by giving a clear lead to PDP in a majority of segments. “Ever since the elections Omar Abdullah has displayed a total desperation and exposed his inability to handle defeat with grace as he in the last six years had demonstrated that good governance was neither his priority nor ability,” she said.
“After having been rejected by the people in LS polls, she said now it has suddenly dawned on the National Conference leadership that they could even lose power in the state later this year,” PDP President said.
She said the NC leadership is frightened by the defeat in LS polls and the prospect of looming rout in the forthcoming assembly elections and that is why in desperation they have virtually pushed the state into virtual anarchy and chaos, the statement added.
Referring to the poll time populist measures of the Omar Abdullah government, the PDP Chief said it is not because of any concern for the people but their fear of losing power which is now leading the ruling government to take desperate measures in the dying hours of its tenure. She said the state is currently facing severe financial crisis where even regular employees are not able to get salaries for months together. “Omar Abdullah has emptied treasuries even before setting a ‘life saving’ populist agenda for himself,” Mehbooba said.
“Development works have come to a grinding halt in the state as according to media reports the government owes thousands of crores to the contractors and suppliers,” Mehbooba claimed.
Mehbooba said the Omar Abdullah government is now trying to mislead the people through fake promises and deceptive announcements.
She asked, “how NC could do in six months what they have not been able to do in six years?” “Stone slabs are likely to witness a sharp rise in prices as the government on its way out with disgrace is laying foundation stones of pipe dreams all around the state in its last bid to retrieve some ground,” she said.
Mehbooba said NC and Congress, after having enjoyed power five and a half years without any concern for the people and their interest, are once again engaged in shadow boxing to mislead the people. “The corruption and mis-governance that the state had to face was because of these both parties as their sole agenda is somehow cling to power rather than doing any good for the people and feeling accountable,” she added.