Srinagar, March 30, (Scoop News)- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said that by calling himself as the agenda of his party, Dr Farooq Abdullah has clearly indicated that his party has fallen on bad times.
Addressing a number of wayside meetings in Pampore segment of Anantanag parliamentary constituency, the party president, Mehbooba Mufti said National Conference’s attempt at recycling the autonomy resolution in absence of any performance report is a pathetic display of the fact that the ruling party has lost the capacity to lead and govern.
Appealing the people to vote for her in Anantanag constituency and other PDP candidates in rest of the state, she said PDP has substantial achievements to its credit though it was in government only for a brief time.
“Compare to this, the NC has nothing to present to the people by way of performance over the last many decades neither does it have a roadmap for the future,” she said adding the NC is compelled to whip the dead autonomy horse at the time of election as it has nothing else to say to the people.
Mehbooba said the admission by Dr Farooq that his party has no agenda and his person should be taken as its manifesto reflects very poorly on the state’s oldest party.
How can this party appeal the millions of young people who want to be shown the way to a bright future and a vision for creative harnessing of their talent and energies? Mehbooba asked.
Referring to Dr Farooq’s statement that the NDA government had thrown the autonomy resolution, passed by the state assembly, into a dustbin even without reading it, Mehbooba said the NC could not have brought a bigger dishonor to the state.
She said in spite of having been humiliated by the NDA, Dr Farooq didn’t muster the courage to part ways with that alliance even though the NC had an overwhelming majority in the state assembly and most of the MPs in the state.
“The NC continued to stick to NDA even in the face of such insulting rebuff just to ensure that Omar Abdullah continued as a junior minister in Vajpayee government and didn’t claim the throne in the state as he did a short while later”, she said.
Mehbooba said it is obvious that NC is not interested in autonomy and has no agenda except enjoying the luxuries of power. That is evident from the fact that this party is a partner in the present UPA at the Centre and at the state as well, but has never raised the issue beyond occasional reference to the Saghir Committee report, she added.
“Ironically, the Saghir Committee report is also the product of an initiative taken by the previous UPA government when PDP was a part of it and the Prime Minister had appointed special working groups to deal with the various issues related the Kashmir problem,” said Mehbooba and added after the NC joined the UPA-II, all those reports are gathering dust without any headway on either of them.
Mehbooba said the manifesto of the NC has in any case lost credibility as they have not been able in the past to deliver on any of their promises. She said in the 2008 elections, the party had as usual promised revival of autonomy, establishment of Truth & Reconciliation Commission and return of power projects apart from revocation of draconian laws. “None of this has happened and on the other hand the NC handed over the last symbol of autonomy, the J&K Bank three more power projects and even conducted army flag marches to silences the voices of dissent”, she said.