Days of Farooq Govt are numbered, says Mufti
29 May 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Samba: Exhorting people to adopt agitational path to get their genuine demands fulfilled, J&K Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today asserted that his party would not hesitate to come on roads to get the masses rid from the yoke of National Conference Government. Addressing a public meeting at this backward hamlet, PDP supremo regretted that democratic elected Government has maintained a criminal silence over the ever-increasing miseries of the masses. '' As irresponsible and non-serious Ministers and ruling elites have doled out permit to lumpen elements and mafias to loot public exchequers, I don''t think there is any logic to beg for genuine rights before this Government'', he said and exhorted the people to snatch their rights, though through peaceful manner, from autocratic Farooq Abdullah regime. ''How can you except some thing positive from the National Conference Ministers who are hell bent to amass wealth by all illegal means'', he said and stressed on the need of launching a mass movement to expose mis-deeds of the State Government. Appreciating woes of the residents of this backward hamlet, Mufti regretted that successive State Governments have meted out step-motherly treatment with rural and far-flung areas of the State. Pointing towards the deplorable conditions of the Samba-Sumb Road, PDP chief recalled that this road was constructed in 1972 when he was Works Minister in the Cabinet of former Chief Minister, Sayeed Mir Qasim. He expressed surprise that condition of the road is same as it was in 10 years back. ''Under the pretext of militancy, the State Government has deliberately neglected backward and far-flung areas but this belt is totally peaceful'', he said and strongly condemned authorities for neglecting woes of this residents. Reacting to the other problems being faced by the denizens of this most backward area, former Home Minister said that not only Sumb but people of the entire State have been facing similar problems as, what he dubbed, deceit and dishonest State Government has least concern over the miseries of the masses. ''What we can expect from a Chief Minister whose first priority is to prepare golf fields and allot plots to his Ministers and MLAs to construct palatial houses'' he alleged and lamented that when residents of this militancy plagued were groaning with pain and hunger, our Chief Minister was playing golf and enjoying fashion shows. Accusing Chief Minister of fostering corruption in the State, Mufti recalled that after assuming power, Farooq Abdullah, had first of all, increased salary of the MLAs and Ministers. '' A sum of Rs 1.60 crores were spent on the renovation of the house of Chief Minister but for widows and handicapped people State Government has no funds'', he regretted while appreciating demands of aged women who came there in large number to express their helplessness due to denial of pension. Venting his ire on Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for his failure to mitigate miseries of the masses, PDP supremo recollected that braving militants'' threats people of the State expressed their faith in ballot with a hope that democratic elected Government would solve their woes. He regretted that instead of heeding their woes, National Conference Government, under the leadership of Farooq Abdullah, has further compounded miseries of the masses. Former Union Home Minister claimed that he can topple this Government with in no time but he want this Government to succumb under its own mis-deeds. ''I can capture power by conspiracy but we are not just for power'', he said and added that he and other people have formed PDP to change fate of the people rather than changing guards. He, however, predicted that days of Farooq Government are numbered as it was on the brink of collapse. He exhorted the people to give a befitting reply to NC leaders at appropriate time. Expressing concern over the erosion of democratic institutions, Mufti said that democracy was never allowed to flourish in the State. Narrating some incidents, PDP supremo said that successive State and Central Governments have committed blunders in the State which led to alienation in the State. He recounted some incidents 1987 elections when ruling National Conference had blatantly misused state machinery to rig elections. ''1987 elections was a turning point in the State politics'', he said and recalled how elected candidates were declared defeated. ''Since 1947 to 1999, most of the elections in the State were manipulated and rigged so people have lost faith in the democratic institutions'', he said and added that it was high time to revive faith of the people. PDP, general secretaries, Mr Ved Mahajan, Master Tasaduq Hussain, Tarlok Singh Bajwa, Jammu rural president, Baldev Singh Slathia, and other leaders addressed the rally. This rally was organised by Mr Parveen Singh Katal, organising secretary of the PDP, Jammu rural.