Addressing a massive public meeting at Naidkhah in Sonawari, Baig said dissention is a fundamental to everybody living in a democratic set up. “In a modern democratic society, the right to dissent is one of the most fundamental rights. Right to debate or freedom of speech and the right to express dissent are the basic principals of a democracy. But unfortunately the present state government believes in muzzling dissent by way frequent detentions of youth and continuous house arrest of Hurriyat leaders,” Baig observed.
He said resolution of Kashmir issue is essential because there is a problem about
He said the present coalition government is responsible for maligning the name of Indian democracy and constitutional system by depriving peaceful and respectable citizens, their liberty and fundamental rights.
“This government has lowered the prestige of country’s judicial system and constitutional scheme by muzzling the voice of dissent and putting in jail elderly people and teenagers who should have been in schools and colleges,” Baig told a well attended public meeting.
He said denial of rights is not new to the state. It has experienced turbulent and dark times in the past, but the elections in 2002 had changed the fundamentals of our politics and course of struggle for rights. He said the forces of peace and reconciliation encouraged after 2002 had helped in starting a peace process that could have led to its logical conclusion; the peaceful resolution of
Baig said the PDP had forged an alliance with Congress after more than a month deliberations that took place only on framing Common Minimum Programme (CMP) which besides other major reforms included the resolution of
“The Congress had also accepted the
Baig said it was a blot on the country’s name that hundreds of people continue to be behind bars for the mere use of their right to express a dissenting view. “Many ideas about the state, its problems and resolution have been articulated from time to time which has resulted in uncertainty and miseries for people. But democracy is all about meeting an idea with a more creative idea which is in tune with the spirit and reality of present times,” Baig said.
He reiterated PDP’s belief that the institutions like the state Assembly and the Panchayats have an important role in articulating and channelising the aspirations of the people. “They are not any body’s proxies or rubberstamps,” he said and referred to the autonomy resolution passed by the state Assembly many years back.
He said it was a different case that NC had bartered away even this resolution for a share in power but the fact remains that state Assembly has the authority and credibility to contribute to ultimate resolution.
The former Deputy Chief Minister said the Omar Abdullah government has failed on all fronts primarily because it had neither an agenda nor a direction. He said while the PDP in 2002 ensured that the resolution of