Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the ensuing parliamentary elections provide right opportunity to the people to seek answers from PDP on the implementation of the promises it made while canvassing for 2014 Assembly elections.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Larnoo Kokernag, party vice president said that promises that were made by PDP during the run-up for 2014 assembly elections turned out to be big lies. “People have every right to seek answers from PDP and its leadership. Its high time for people to take account of past years of the PDP led coalition government. They had said that relations with Pakistan will improve, contrary to it we have the clouds of war looming over us. We saw our educated youth joining militant ranks; we saw some highly educated scholars, teachers joining militant ranks, such is the level of disenchantment in our youngsters. The rampant nepotism and corruption have disheartened the youth. There was no expansion in tourism-related activities.”
“PM Modi says that he gave gas cylinders to every family, but what good will an empty cylinder do? Cooking gas has become dearer and costs RS 1000 at present. How will the underprivileged class afford to refill the cylinders at RS 1000? What was the fate of the proposed Tunnel that would have connected Kokarnag to Kishtwar? How many new roads were they able to lay during their stint in government with BJP? These are the questions that PDP should respond to. Today we cannot use our highways, god forbid if there is any urgency, how can those living in remote areas take patients to city hospitals? This is what they have done to our state of affairs. Nonetheless, we have to usher in a new era of peace, development and justice in our state. The state faced immense hardships since BJP-PDP joined hands.”
Flaying PDP for letting down the people, he said, “Things would not have been such if PDP had the sincerity of thought. But, they had any, PDP president herself affirms that she joined hands with BJP to keep her flock together. This underscores the fact that her joining hands with BJP was not on the grounds of promoting the agenda of development and peace. Now the time is apt for us to seek answers from them on unleashing torments on people. You should seek answers from them on the intimidation, repression, crackdown, blinding, maiming, which was unleashed on you? Unfortunately, PDP betrayed people by berating their mandate, now it’s your turn to give a befitting reply to them through the ballot on the polling day.”
Omar said that our very well being, identity and future is associated with Art 35-A. “However PDP in its lust for power hunkered down before BJP and implemented GST in our state. The implications of which are felt by each one of you in the form of heavy tax deduction on every item from edibles to mobile recharges. You can gauge the consequences as to what will happen if god forbid Art 35 A is tinkered with,” he said.
Omar said that the Gujjar and Bakarwal community was never on the development radar of the former BJP-PDP coalition since they joined hands. “The community continued to be at the receiving end due to the imprudent policies of the PDP-BJP coalition. We saw attempts were made to snatch the right of Gujjars over forests. All along we saw Gujjars being intimidated. Now it is your turn to give them the answer through the use of the ballot,” he said.
Omar while highlighting the inclusive agenda of the party said, “NC has always upheld the secular and pluralistic values. We believe in inclusive development. For us, the idea of development is impossible if any section of society is left out. We will continue to work for all the sections of society,” he said.
Among others, Retd Justice Hasnain Masoodi, Syed Tauqeer, Ghulam Nabi Bhat Adgami, Pir Muhammad Husain and Salam Ud Din Bajad also addressed the public and sought vote and support for the party’s candidate for Anantnag parliamentary seat.
Earlier Jagjeet Singh Azad, Janak Singh Sodhi, Shammi Oberoi accompanied the vice president to Mattan where they interacted with members of the Sikh community.
Meanwhile, party’s chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Aga Yousaf, and political advisor to vice president Tanvir Sadiq toured many areas of Zadibal constituency today and sought vote and support for party’s candidate for Srinagar.