Reacting to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s recent statement, senior National Conference leader and Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohammad Sagar Monday alleged that Mufti has always degraded democratic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Whether he (Mufti) is in power or outside power, he has always played role to degrade democratic institutions in the state. Be it 1977, 1984 or 1987, he has always played role in demeaning democratic institutions,” Sagar told KNS.
“Under a well planned conspiracy he always played a role in throwing the state into crisis. History is witness that National Conference has always played a role in strengthening democratic institutions in the state for which it had to face a lot of problems,” he added.
Mufti had on Saturday accused that NC led government had almost completely suspended civil liberties and fundamental right to expression. He had also criticised NC for ignoring Srinagar on developmental front.
Reacting to Mufti’s assertions, Sagar said, “Everybody knows what Mufti did with the people of Srinagar when he was in power. He is trying to deceive people by his false propaganda. NC has always played a role in development of the city and other areas of the state which is on record.”
Mufti is power hungry and he didn’t even hesitate to play politics on the graves of martyrs,” the NC leader told KNS.
On revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, Sagar said, “NC’s stand is clear on the issue. Chief Minister has taken up the issue with center number of times and it is right time that AFSPA should go from the state. We have always given sacrifices for Kashmiris.”
He termed State Congress President Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz’s recent statement on AFSPA issues as welcome. “Better late than never. It is a welcome statement from Soz sahib.”
On the death of a Kashmiri youth in Mumbai, he said, “Government has taken a serious notice of the issue and the Chief Minister has taken up the issue with the center. There should be a through probe in the death.”
On the death of another Kashmiri youth in Rajasthan, he said, “I talked to the family members of the deceased who told me that the youth died natural death.”
On reports of formation of third front in the state, he said, “NC is never afraid of such things. We have left everything on people and whatever they will decide will be acceptable to us. It is due to the efforts of NC that peace has returned to the Valley.”
Sagar said that unemployment was the biggest issue in the state and it is at the top priority of Omar Abdullah. “We will soon start fast track recruitment and all the vacancies will be filled in different government departments.”