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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said “for his failures, the Chief Minister is in the habit of blaming everybody except himself and his government.”

Addressing a public meeting in Kamalkote in Uri, Wednesday, she said that the border area is destined to become the northern gateway of Jammu and Kashmir and the travel and trade across the Line of Control (LoC) will definitely be taken to next level, with the support of the people of the state.

Mehbooba said, “Corruption and mis-governance have reached beyond tolerance, under the present government and Omar Abdullah attributes his inability to control it to everybody except himself and his government.”

“While in Sopore, Omar insults people of the area by accusing them of following ‘dream merchants’, but he forgets that it is his party that ran the campaign for plebiscite under the ‘Mahaz-e-Raishumari’, for 22 years and then sold it out for power in1975, Mehbooba added.

She alleged that the National Conference politics of U-turns and sell-outs has created a trust deficit between the state and rest of the country which is hard to fill.

“In the constituencies which are represented by the opposition , Omar Abdullah criticizes the MLAs for lack of development like providing water, power, roads, healthcare and education, as if they run the government. On the other hand, when he goes to areas represented by his own party, he (CM) uses the Kashmir problem as a shield against his inability to deliver, Mehbooba said adding “compared to this, the PDP had led a coalition that set new standards of development and political progress.”

She said, “it was no mere coincidence that a major political progress on Kashmir, in the shape of the cross-LoC Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) was taken, when PDP was leading the coalition for a brief three years.”

“Not only this, but exchange of delegations of traders, political leaders, journalist, diplomats and opinion leaders took place between the two sides of the state, for first time since independence, she said adding “Solid progress was visible on making Kashmir a bridge between India and Pakistan, instead of staying as a bone of contention. But that whole process was reversed with the arrival of present government, which again is no coincidence but a result of Omar Abdullah’s failure, as a leader and representative of people of J&K.”

The PDP chief said the cease-fire in 2003 was not just a cessation of hostilities between the two neighbours which had brought immense miseries to the people, living in the border area, but it was a proactive start to a new process of building peace, amity and understanding, which had culminated in historic decisions of opening of Srinagar-Muzzaffarbad and Poonch-Rawlakoot roads for travel ad trade.

The PDP president alleged that the NC has traded off resources of the area for their political power and areas like Uri, which have been blessed with water resources, are the worst victim of NC power games.


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