Observing that mis-governance and trust deficit are the main reasons of growing alienation among people, patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Wednesday said that five year achievement of National Conference led coalition government is a big zero because this dispensation has failed on all fronts.
“Encouraging corruption, supporting nepotism and abusing state apparatus to deprive people of their democratic rights are only noticeable achievements of the present dispensation”, Mufti said and regretted that present regime has miserably failed to carry forward the process of peace and reconciliation which was initiated by the previous PDP-Congress government in the state.
Addressing an public meeting to welcome Dr Harmesh Singh Slathia of Vijaypur, who along with his supporters joined PDP, Mufti said that with just 16 MLAs in its kitty, PDP had changed political discourse of the state and also restored dignity and honour of the people by pursuing the pro-peace agenda.
“The process of reconciliation is still incomplete because the present regime during the last five years has failed to connect itself with the common masses”, he said and added that alienation among people have been increasing with every passing day due to widening of the gap between the commoners and ruling elites.
“What to say of further consolidating the reconciliatory and peace initiatives made by the previous PDP led government, this coalition regime has even reversed by the whole process through its mis-goverance, mis-deeds and oppressive means”, he said while mentioning towards prevailing sense of insecurity among people and conditions on the borders.
Mufti said that even after 2008 assembly elections it is only the PDP which has been pursuing agenda for establishing lasting peace and tranquility. “It is result of the convictions and vision of our party that PDP has earned credibility and trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said, adding, “successfully connecting with people in the biggest achievements of PDP”. He added that his party has scripted a new chapter of peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir and successfully implemented the pro-people agenda.
Highlighting achievements of the previous PDP-Congress regime, he said, “Our party had convinced successive governments at Delhi, through our convictions, to initiate some bold Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to restore lasting peace in this region”.
He mentioned that PDP had entered into alliance with Congress by formulating a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) in which wishes of all people were incorporated and pro-peace agenda was given first priority.
He recalled that before 2002 there was a sense of fear and insecurity among the masses but after formation of PDP-Congress government peace was restored to a large extent. PDP was formed in the year1999 with an aim to restore peace and to uphold dignity and honour of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Aim of PDP is not to attain power but to address grievances of the people,” he said and observed that biggest achievement of his party was that it had connected itself with the common masses and restored confidence of the people in democratic institutions, a PDP statement issued to Kashmir News Service said.
“Our party has not only restored peace in the state but also laid strong foundation for accelerating developmental activities in all regions and sub-regions”, he said and reminded that it was only during the regime of PDP that equal treatment was given to all regions of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harmesh Singh Slathia said that he has decided to join PDP all due to the policies and programmes of the party.