BANDIPORA: National Conference on Thursday said that “PDP was guided by a singular goal of empowering a single family while destructing the state and its resources.”
Addressing party workers convention at Bandipora in North Kashmir, National Conference Provincial President, Nasir Aslam Wani, said, “The inclusion of the CM’s brother into the state cabinet was a cruel joke with the people of the state who continue to suffer with each passing day due to the political and administrative failures of the PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.”
“Ever since its inception, PDP has been guided by the singular goal of seeking political power while being bereft of any ideological convictions. This party bartered its mandate and sold its conscience to the BJP in 2015 only to secure the Chief Minister’s chair for Late Mufti Sahab, followed by Mehbooba Mufti,” he said in his address.
“Today PDP has carried on this trend of deceit for self-seeking ambitions by elevating a practically unknown entity to the state cabinet after the gentleman, facing imminent defeat, literally ran away from the Anantnag parliamentary elections and then went on to seek a place of extra-constitutional power in the civil secretariat as the appointed head of the CM’s grievance cell,” he said
While questioning the qualifications and political experience of Tassaduq Mufti, he said his history of jumping from one opportunity to another spoke about his priorities and mindset. “In his elevation, the same coterie of young businessmen are being empowered with unbridled powers to wreak havoc with administrative neutrality while being granted a backdoor access to the resources of the state,” he said.
“The divisions in PDP have never been more acute and irreconcilable. People who sacrificed for decades to make the PDP and have won multiple elections have been ignored to promote through the backdoor a person who hardly anyone knew even existed before his late father became the chief minister in 2015. These PDP leaders have been humiliated by their own party. One can only sympathise with them,” he said.
Lashing out at the state government for rampant corruption and misgovernance in the State, senior NC leader and former minister, Muhammad Akbar Lone, said PDP-BJP Government has pushed the state into a new era of instability and turmoil due to its abject surrender to those forces that have always been inimical to the interests of the state and its people.
“While the state government has absolutely no control over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, the announcement to hold Panchayat elections in the biting cold of February exposes the scope and depth of their disconnect with ground realities,” he said, adding how does the Government propose to conduct Panchayat Elections in far-flung areas and upper-reaches of the state in February while most of these areas will be snowbound with severe, hostile weather?
“It seems the government is either completely disconnected or running on auto-pilot or is deliberately planning to suppress the turnout in the Panchayat Elections. Whatever their ulterior motive, it is amply clear that this government remains as clueless today as it was in its first year in power”, he said.
Nasir Aslam Wani congratulated the party workers for the continued success of the party’s outreach initiatives across the length and breadth of the state and said National Conference was the only vanguard of the state’s political honour and dignity and would continue to fight against those forces that are working hard to fragment and weaken the state.