LAWDA’S demolition drive in Dal areas politically motivated: PDP

Srinagar: Accusing the state government of adopting a selective approach in the ongoing demolition drive against illegal structures in and around Dal Lake, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said that action is politically motivated.
PDP youth wing In-charge Waheed-ur-Rehman alleged that the National Conference-led government after miserably failing to rehabilitate the Dal dweller outside the lake over the last more than five and half years, is now targeting them to hide its failures and incompetence.
He said the latest demolition drive going on in and around the lake is politically motivated and only specific areas are being deliberately targeted by the government, which is totally unacceptable.
Rehman said till now the ruling party has been using the Dal dwellers for its vote bank politics and when it feels that it has lost the ground, NC has now resorted to political vendetta.
Condemning the use of brute force against agitators, Rehman said instead of listening to their grievances and making serious efforts for their rehabilitation, the government is again making it clear that it has nothing to offer to the people, except pain.
He said though it was necessary to discourage illegal constructions and remove encroachments to restore Dal Lake to its pristine glory, the people living there need to be decently rehabilitated first.
Rehman said PDP is having a comprehensive plan to safe guard the interests of not only the Dal dwellers, but it will be the party’s priority to restore the grandeur and glory of the lake in its future scheme of things.