‘Mehbooba preferred chair over interests of state and people’
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday asserted that the ensuing parliamentary elections provide right opportunity to the people to seek answers from PDP on the implementation of the promises it made while canvassing for 2014 Assembly elections.
Addressing a public gathering at Larnoo Kokarnag, party vice president said that promises that were made by PDP during the run-up for 2014 assembly elections turned out to be “big lies”.
“People have every right to seek answers from PDP and its leadership. It is high time for people to take account of past years of the PDP led coalition government,” he said.
“They (PDP) had said that relations with Pakistan will improve, contrary to it we have the clouds of war looming over us. We saw our educated youth joining militant ranks; we saw some highly educated scholars, teachers joining militant ranks, such is the level of disenchantment in our youngsters. The rampant nepotism and corruption has disheartened the youth. There was no expansion in tourist related activities.”
“PM Modi says that he gave gas cylinders to every family, but what good will an empty cylinder do? Cooking gas has become dearer and costs Rs 1000 at present. How will the underprivileged class afford to refill the cylinders at Rs 1000? What was the fate of the proposed tunnel that would have connected Kokernag to Kishtwar? How many new roads were they able to lay during their stint in government with BJP? These are the questions that PDP should respond to,” Omar said.
NC vice president said the people today cannot use highways. “God forbid if there is any urgency, how can those living in remote areas take patients to city hospitals? This is what they have done to our state of affairs. Nonetheless we have to usher in a new era of peace, development and justice in our state. The state faced immense hardships since BJP-PDP joined hands,” he said.
Flaying PDP for letting down the people, he said, “Things would not have been such, if PDP had the sincerity of thought.”
“Now the time is apt for us to seek answers from them on unleashing torments on people. You should seek answers from them on the intimidation, repression, crackdown, blinding, maiming, which was unleashed on you?” he asked.
“Unfortunately PDP betrayed people by berating their mandate, now it is your turn to give befitting reply to them through ballot on the polling day,” Omar said.
Omar also said that “our very well being, identity and future is associated with Article 35-A”.
While highlighting the inclusive agenda of the party, Omar said, “NC has always upheld the secular and pluralistic values. We believe in the inclusive development. For us the idea of development is impossible if any section of society is left out. We will continue to work for all the sections of society.”