Trying to come out of the shock of crushing defeat by the hands of NC-Cong coalition in the recently held LC polls, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed retreated the resolve of his party to establish a new system of justice and equality in the state.
Mufti said that emergence of PDP has restored sanctity of democratic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir. He was Addressing a function in Jammu on Monday.
While castigating ruling coalition partner in state, he said that successive National Conference regime have never allowed democracy to flourish in Jammu and Kashmir but it was only after emergence in PDP in the political scenario of the State that faith of peoples’ was restored in democratic institutions.
Mufti argued that democracy was the best way to address aspirations of the people by involving common masses in governance. “Unlike other parts of the country people of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of the real taste of democracy because successive National Conference regimes were indulged into deceit tactics to undermine democratic institutions,” he said while hinting towards infamous rigged elections of 1987 to substantiate his argument.
He said it was only after formation of PDP that an alternative was emerged in the state and this party has been aggressively pursuing pro-people agenda. He said that formation of PDP was turning point in the history of Jammu and Kashmir because this party has emerged as credible and real voice of the people.
“Faith of the people in the democracy and democratic institutions was restored only after 2002 Assembly”, he said and added that credit for reviving peoples’ faith in democracy goes to PDP only because this party has honoured mandate of the common masses. He further added that it was only during the PDP led coalition regime in the State that elections to the urban local bodies were held after a more than two decades to strengthen democratic institutions at grass root level.
“The way people of the state has been supporting our party, it has become clear that there is no alternative of PDP in the state and this party is going to change destiny of the people by implementing its progressive and visionary agenda”, he said.
Seeking cooperation of the people, he said that PDP with the help of the masses want to change destiny of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “It is the only the people who would ensure peace, security and development in their respective areas so with the power of people I want to establish a new system of justice and equality in this region”, he said and pointed towards emergence of strong regional political powers in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other parts of the country where people have brought changes through their power.
“Attaining power is not our only agenda. Our aim is to get people of Jammu and Kashmir out of the present corrupt system and to change their fate,” he said.
Pointing towards rampant corruption in the state, Mr Sayeed observed that governance deficit was the main reason of increasing alienation of the people. “Corruption has crossed all limits due to lack of transparency and accountability in the government”, he said and pointed out anti-graft panels have been deliberately made defunct in the State.