Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday held a high-level meeting of its cadres in Srinagar, asking them to speed up their activities and maintain close coordination between party workers, activists and supporters.
The meeting chaired by party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri witnessed the participation of General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, State Secretary Aseya Naqash, District President Srinagar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Noor Mohammad Sheikh and several others.
Speaking on the occasion, Veeri expressed concern over the development deficit being witnessed in Srinagar with the majority of the developmental projects gone into limbo. According to the PDP Vice President, people of Srinagar have been exposed to severe hardships due to the lack of basic amenities with mounting crises of water and bad roads leaving the city inhabitants in the lurch.
He said the majority of the roads in Srinagar have been left unattended with macadamization being given the least priority. According to Veeri the absence of developmental activities has created a crisis like situation on ground and need of the hour is to stand up and raise issues pertaining to the common man and get them resolved on priority.
Party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in his address said the best model for the good governance is the period between 2002 and 2005 and that after the 2014 polls the PDP didn’t get a clear mandate and out of the compulsion had to join hands with the BJP. Hanjura said that PDP remained consistently firm on its agenda which was included in agenda of alliance and that was the reason the BJP had to run away from the coalition. He said that party’s firm belief on its principles led the BJP to turn its back and being in the government PDP kept insisting for the withdrawal of the FIRs, amnesty for the stone pelters, and return of the power projects from the NHPC.
Former Minister and State Secretary Aseya Naqash said that the PDP led government took courageous and brave measures that protected the state from the BJP’s onslaught. Aseya said that within the government as head of the coalition government and as chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti resisted every attempt by the central government to take any inroads on the constitutional position of the state and freed more than 12 thousand youth who were arrested in stone pelting cases besides compelling the central government to announce unilateral ceasefire.
Party’s Srinagar District President Mohammad Khurshid Alam in his address stressed for the greater coordination between the party functionaries and stated that time is near when the PDP will emerge as a resplendent torch that could guide Kashmir’s future generations towards prosperity. In spite of being in coalition with the BJP, said Alam, the PDP didn’t allow the later to fulfil its nefarious agenda in Kashmir and the government employed country’s best lawyers for the protection of Article 35-A in the Supreme Court.
Other PDP leaders who were part of the meeting include Abdul Hameed Kosheen, Dr Ali Mohammad, Abdul Rouf Bhat, Arif Laigaroo, Haji Parvez, Abdul Qayoom, and several others.