Srinagar: The opposition National Conference on Sunday called PDP-BJP regime a harbinger of repression and fear and accused them of abusing the government sponsored development and poverty alleviation schemes throughout the state.
In a statement provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani accused rural development minister Abdul Haq Khan of gross violations in dispensing government contracts, MGNREGA work and other such schemes in the valley particularly in Kupwara district.
He said that a clear evidence of the misuse of these schemes are numerous instances in which select close aides of PDP minister have benefited and those who deserved have been ignored and dumped in Sogam.
“The government is doling out contract after contract to a select few comprising of his political aides and relatives, Nasir, whose grandfather has represented the Lolab constituency in past, said.
While accusing Haq Khan of using police to settle his own political and personal scores, Nasir said, “A reign of terror has been unleashed in Sogam and other surrounding areas where innocents are being rounded by police and slapped with draconian PSA under direct instructions from the Minister concerned. And all this is being done to silence those who have raised questions on the working of government in the area.”
The statement further says that people’s frustration and angst has reached crescendo all over the valley. “The minister is well aware of it and saw repression, violence and plunder as the only way to rule while it lasts.”
Meanwhile, a commemorative meeting presided over by Ali Mohammad Sagar was organized to pay tribuites to Miwaiz Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone at party headquarters Nawa e Subah here.
“The National Conference has been organizing this commemorative meeting every year and the party has always respected Shaheed Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq as a visionary personality and religious luminary and scholar,” Sagar said.