State Govt creating hurdles in implementing cease-fire at grass root level: Mehbooba
28 February 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Accusing State Government of creating hurdles in implementing cease-fire at grass-root level, vice president of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (PDP), Ms Mehbooba Mufti cautioned people against nefarious designs of some vested interests, who according to her, hell bent to sabotage on-going peace process. Addressing mammoth public meetings at backward hamlets of Kot Dharha, Choudhary Naidh and Trala, Ms Mufti termed extension of cease-fire as bold and meaningful step initiated by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and was of view that this step would provide a healing touch to the wounds of Kashmiris. "Extension of cease-fire is a welcome step but Centre could not implement the same at grass root level. ", she said, adding, "implementation of cease-fire is wholly depend upon State Government". "It is regrettable that local authorities are not serious in implementing cease-fire at grass-root level", she alleged while narrating some incidents in Rajouri district. She, however, shifted all blame on State Government. Launching a scathing attack on ruling National Conference for, what she alleged, further compounded miseries of the masses, PDP vice-president was of the view National Conference was the main culprit for the prevailing blood-shed and violence in the State. "It is all due to the mis-governance and anti-people policies of successive National Conference Governments which added fuel to ever increasing alienation of the masses, especially among youth", Ms Mufti said and summed up that State Government's policies provided opportunities to Pakistan to exploit alienation of Kashmiri youth. Dubbing ruling National Conference as parasite which has been sucking blood of the poor masses of the state, Ms Mufti exhorted the people, especially the youth, to start a war against ruling National Conference. "Miseries of the masses have crossed all limit and it is high time to throw out this worst ever Government", she said and cautioned the youth against gimmicks of National Conference. 'since 1947 National Conference has been befooling your elders by exploiting their religious sentiments", she cautioned and exhorted the youth to shoulder their responsibility to get masses rid from the yoke of the slavery of National Conference. Listing woes of the youth, Ms Mufti lambasted State Government for maintaining a criminal silence over ever increasing unemployment among educated youth. "Instead of auctioning Government jobs through its touts, National Conference has not made any policy for unemployed youth" she regretted but promised to provide stipend, in case PDP was given a chance by the masses to serve the state. Prominent Gujjar leader, Master Tassaduq Hussain in his address, blamed State Government for hellish conditions of the Gujjars and Bakerwals living in hilly backward areas of the State. He alleged that crores and crores of rupees allotted by the Centre for the upliftment of the nomadic people have been siphoned off by the ruling elites. "Funds allotted for the upliftment and betterment of Gujjars and Bakerwals have been diverted to provide luxuries to the Ministers and their touts", he alleged and exhorted the Gujjars and Bakerwals to give a befitting reply to ruling party in next Assembly elections. He claimed that people has out-rightly rejected NC sponsored candidates in the recently concluded Panchayat elections. PDP general secretary, Mr Ved Mahajan while addressing the public meetings, cautioned the people against nefarious designs of ruling National Conference and BJP to create communal tension in the State. "As alienation of the masses has been increasing due to failure of both BJP and NC Governments to mitigate miseries of the masses, these parties now trying to divide people on communal lines for their petty political interests", he said and cautioned the people against these elements. He said that being a secular democratic party, only PDP can provide justice to all sections of the society. He appealed to the people to strengthen hands of Mufti Mohammed Sayed who has launched a war against mis-governance of National Conference. Prominent Kissan leader and general secretary of the party, Mr Tirlok Singh Bajwa in his address, criticised State Government for neglecting peasantry class despite the fact that farmers were the back-bone of the economy of the State. He strongly criticised BJP for back-stabbing people of Jammu region by entering into a unholy alliance with NC. Another Gujjar leader, Ch. Noor Ahmed Shah from Valley also criticised National Conference Government for not heeding woes of nomadic community. Mr Falial Singh, another PDP leader, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted problems of the people living in the hilly backward areas. He alleged that successive State Governments have deliberately neglected twin border districts of Poonch and Rajour. Mr Mohammed Khaliq, state secretary of the youth wing of the PDP and newly elected Sarpanch of the Kot Dharha, while addressing the gatherings called upon people to strengthen hands of Mufti Mohammed Sayed and Mehbooba Mufti to get the masses rid from the yoke of National Conference. Mr Khaliq organised meeting at Kot-Dharha in which large number of Gujjars and Bakerwals participated and pleaded to launch struggle against NC. Prominent youth Gujjar leader of Rajouri, Anam Choudhary, who had organised meetings at Trala and Choudhary Narh, criticised State Government for keeping deaf ear and blind eye towards the ever increasing miseries of masses of this border district. Mr Choudhary urged upon the youth to come forward and join PDP to save the State from the hands of Farooq Abdullah. A large number of leaders from different political parties including Mr Kamal Nain, block president of the Congress joined PDP. Ms Mufti was accorded rousing reception at the backward hilly hamlets of Rajouri district. People received her with beating traditional dhools and folk dances. She was taken in procession every where amidst beating of dhools and dance. A good number of women folk also attended meetings to listen fire-brand PDP leader.