PDP to hold rally on Foundation Day
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has accepted that government was unable to normalise the situation on ground for past three years, sources in PDP said.
Addressing a meeting of district and zonal presidents of the party in Srinagar ahead of PDP’s Foundation Day, party sources quoting Mehbooba said the chief minister acknowledged that situation had not been normal in Kashmir ever since it came to power. She stressed upon party workers, leaders and activists to connect with the people.
“She said the government was facing difficult times. She issued directions to the party office bearers to strengthen their relations with the people so as to counter the challenges faced by the party,” a senior PDP leader who was part of the meeting said.
The PDP is facing tremendous pressure after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani last year. The legislators and ministers have almost stopped visiting south Kashmir, the electoral base of the party, while a large number of party workers have reportedly fled their homes, or are lying low.
Another reason for PDP’s image hitting a low was its coalition with ruling partner BJP, which was considered a subterfuge by people who voted the PDP to power.
Amid such challenges faced by the party, the PDP has decided to organise a rally in Srinagar on July 30 to show it still has a foothold on the ground.
“The aim of this meeting was to discuss the PDP foundation day which falls on July 28,” Legislative Council member and PDP district president for Bandipora Yasir Reshi said. “Since July 28 falls on Friday, we have decided to conduct the foundation day rally on July 30, which is Sunday”.
He said the venue of the rally was not decided.
“Party leaders, workers and activists were asked to be ready for the day,” Reshi added.
Another PDP functionary, who wanted to remain anonymous, said that the rally will be morale boosting for PDP workers and leaders.
“We want to tell people we exist. We are very much on the ground,” the PDP functionary said. “We will show we too have street power”.
However, the PDP sources also said that PDP workers and activists were not happy with the party ministers and legislators.
“They told her that ministers were not complying with the requests and demands of workers and activists,” sources said. “It was also the occasion to listen to the demands of ground workers.”
According to the party statement, speaking further on the occasion to party leaders and workers, Mehbooba said PDP was formed to strengthen the democratic ethos in the state by providing an alternative narrative, thereby giving voice to the sentiments of people.
“The party has been voicing the issues of the people in and out of power. As a result, it got the discourse about the state changed, and a vast constituency for peace, reconciliation and dialogue was gradually evolved,” Mehbooba said.
The PDP president claimed “it was a major achievement that her government attained almost unanimity of sentiments and emotions of all the sections and regions in the state in the recently implemented GST”.
“The apprehensions, as expressed by certain quarters, were allayed, and the special position of the state was reaffirmed and reassured in the Presidential Order, as the party has been standing for,” she said.
She said every human heart felt bruised on hearing of the inhuman act of violence against Amarnath yatris a few days ago.
“It was reassuring to note that people of the state in one voice, irrespective of differences in ideologies, stood up to condemn the act and declare it against the Kashmiri ethos and culture.”