Srinagar, May 13 (Scoop News) –Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig has said Ganderbal has demonstrated that assertion of public power alone can make difference in their lives. Addressing a public meeting at Chunt Waliwar in Ganderbal constituency today he said the positive exercise of vote by people of this constituency in 2002 had determined the course of democracy in the state by establishing the principle of accountability for political parties. “It is this supremacy of the people’s will and mood which has turned heat on Omar Abdullah once again who is finding it difficult now to face the people who has reposed faith in him in 2008”, said Baig. Senior party leader and district president Qazi Mohammed Afzal , District president Bandipora Yasir Reshi, PDP Leader Mian Javaid Nizami, Zone President Gh Rasool Shaheen and others were also present and spoke on this occasion.
Former deputy Chief Minister said by withdrawing their mandate to the Sheikh family in 2002 the people of Ganderbal had influenced the course of history not just in Jammu & Kashmir but the entire region that was facing a serious threat of another war around that time. He said the marginalization of NC and the Sheikh family had led to historic developments in the sub continent and it is now proved that the ruling party is a major stumbling block in political and economic development of the state. "NC’s strangle hold on power always results in instability which feeds its politics and personal luxury of its leaders" said Baig.
Recalling how the PDP led government had created an atmosphere conducive to big political and diplomatic initiatives Baig said internally the people of the state had been liberated from the fear of the gun of all kinds whether it was of the SOG, Task force, the Ikhwanis or the militants and externally India and Pakistan had found the right political space in Kashmir suitable not for war but peace. He said the exchange of delegations comprising journalists, traders, politicians and other opinon leaders across LOC had generated an unprecedented hope which was followed up with the historic decision of the reopening of traditional routes for trade and travel.
This entire process was however reversed with the return of NC to power after Omar Abdullah’s victory from Ganderbal. He said Ganderbal it self witnessed tremendous progress under the PDP- Congress coalition. “It was granted the status of district, development authorities at Sonmarg and Wular Mansbal were established apart from opening of a degree college, physical education college, numerous new and upgraded schools, district hospital and construction of the mini secretariat are only few of them.
He said the construction of long pending byepass to Ladakh national highway and upgradation of raods, repair of canals etc by PDP-congress coalition are perhaps the first and last intervention of that size and nature in Ganderbal area which has been represented by Sheikh family for decades and exploited only for their personal interests.
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