Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader Muzzaffar Hussain Baig said the representatives who would be elected to Lok Sabha on PDP ticket would convey a ‘clear message to the country that the people of Jammu & Kashmir would no longer take any injustice and denial of rights’.
According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing a workers’ convention of Pattan Assembly segment of Baramulla Lok Sabha on Tuesday, he said the PDP after changing the complexion of politics within the state would make a serious and sincere effort to set a new institutionalized and serious Kashmir policy at the national level. “We will tell the country that the people in J&K cannot be treated as cattle which could be denied their basic rights just because NC has failed to represent us effectively at the centre,” said Baig.
Baig said NC MPs have never raised the issues facing the people of the state in the parliament. “It was left to some conscientious members from outside the state to raise issues concerning our pain and misery. But, the representatives from the state never opened their mouths in the parliament but raised their hands in support of the government whichever party was in power whether BJP or Congress”, Baig said and added the only point of concern for the party was the employment of one member of the Abdullah family in Delhi and another in the state.
On the occasion, PDP senior leader and MLA Pattan, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari said NC has time and again betrayed the trust and the confidence of the people and no wise person who is aware of the trickery of the ruling party would ever vote for it. He said the tricks of NC have now lost their effectiveness and people of the state want a change and a break from the past which can be delivered only by the PDP.
Cautioning the people against the division of anti NC vote Moulvi said the people understand that it is a historical occasion for them to get rid of the NC misrule and emotional exploitation by its leaders. He said people realize that PDP is the only credible alternative which can replace NC and individuals claiming to represent people will only help the NC.
In his address Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that NC has taken people of the state for granted and its leaders even abuse the people openly. Referring to the recent remarks of Dr Farooq Abdullah calling Kashmiri’s as ‘Maha Chors’, Beig said if a similar remark had been made by any other leader how so ever popular , about the people of any other state , he would not have been allowed entry to that area. “But the NC has the audacity to have fielded Dr Farooq Abdullah as a candidate in whose name they are now seeking votes. It is now for the people to give a befitting reply to the NC and ask its leadership whether they are not Kashmiris or do they fall in any other description”, Baig said.
The former Deputy Chief Minister said NC has never believed in democracy and has always resorted to strong arm methods and malpractices to stay in power by hook or crook. He said the late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah faced an election first time in his life only when NC was not in power in 1977. Earlier, he was installed in government as PM and CM in 1948 and 1975 without any kind of election. The 1951 elections to the state constituent assembly under Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s regime is a unique electoral exercise in which not a single vote was cast, said Baig.
Baig said with defeat staring in the face of the NC in the coming elections it has again started resorting to misuse of power and official machinery. He said he has received reports from Kupwara that the ration depots in the district were closed today and the people who came to procure their rations were compelled to join a rally by a minister before they could receive their supplies.
Similarly the rural development programmes like MGNREGA are being misused to purchase loyalties of workers but the NC must read the writing on the wall that its days in the state politics are over, Baig added.