SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) on Tuesday said the PDP-BJP government’s “anti-people policies, sell-out and total surrender to BJP” had taken Kashmir back to an atmosphere of turmoil, economic ruination and instability.
Addressing a party convention at Kunzer, Tangmarg, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said the “repressive and ruthless” behaviour of Mehbooba Mufti-led government had alienated the people and widened the already deep trust deficit in the valley.
“Since its very first day in power, the PDP-BJP alliance has proven itself to be a destructive and negative force of disruption. This government has taken Kashmir back by a decade and all previous, hard-earned dividends of peace have been wasted” Wani said. “The level of alienation and resentment among the people in general and the youth in particular is alarming.”
He added, “While the chief minister seems to be busy with contrarian press statements and photo-opportunities, her government is responsible for the rapidly deteriorating situation in Kashmir.”
Speaking at the occasion, NC Provincial Secretary Advocate Showkat Ahmed Mir lashed out at the administration for “brazenly neglecting” the people of Tangmarg and said there was an acute essential services, ration and power crisis in the area and repeated pleas had fallen on deaf ears as the people continued to suffer.
“Our ration shops are without ration. The power crisis in Tangmarg is shocking and unprecedented. Vital distribution network has been neglected and there are areas which have to go without electricity for days at end. It seems like the government has an intentional, well-defined agenda to persecute the people of Tangmarg as every public grievance has been ignored since the past three years.”
He said the PDP-BJP alliance has failed on both the political and governance related fronts. “Every single promise made by this alliance has been broken effortlessly and PDP seems to have completely merged into the BJP to retain the chief minister’s chair. All past slogans and rhetoric of the PDP has been disposed off and there is no talk of ‘self-rule’ or ‘dual currency’ anymore,” he said.
“Today, the leaders of PDP are openly saying that their bond with the BJP is ‘durable’. While people continue to lose their lives – as it has happened in Shopian today and before that in Kupwara – the chief minister is busy in parading the administration to PDP political events to appease her party workers and activists,” Mir added.
The party convention was also attended by YNC provincial president Salman Ali Sagar, YNC Baramulla district president Advocate Muneer Ahmed and other party functionaries and office bearers.
Addressing the convention, Salman asked youth to involve themselves in the party’s outreach initiative and come forward with positivity and constructive ideas to take the state out of the current political morass.