Farooq''s war cry is gimmick to divert attention: Mufti
2 November 2001
The Daily Excelsior
BISHNAH: Criticising Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for, what he alleged, repeatedly giving provocating statements, president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammed Sayed today said that war-cry of Dr Abdullah was nothing but a gimmick to divert attention of the people. ''Except promising moon Farooq Government has not done for the betterment of the people'', he said while addressing a largely attended public meeting at this town. ''There is wide-spread resentment among masses against National Conference as their miseries compounded due to anti-people policies of the Government '', he said and charged the Government with hatching conspiracies to divert attention of the people. ''With a hope that democratic elected Government will solve their woes, inhabitants of this State, braving militants threats, expressed their faith in ballot during the last Assembly elections'', Mufti recalled but lamented that instead of providing healing touch of the wounds of the residents of this violence plagued state, National Conference further increased alienation of the people many fold due to its wrong policies. Pointing towards the statement of Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah in which he has demanded decisive war with Pakistan, Mufti said that Farooq Abdullah war cry was nothing but a gimmick to divert attention of people. ''People asking NC leaders about achievements of their Government during the last five years. Keeping in view the increasing pressure of the people Chief Minister has been raising bogey of war to divert their attention'', he said and cautioned people against nefarious designs of Farooq Abdullah. ''At which capacity Farooq Abdullah is demanding war with Pakistan. He is neither Prime Minister nor Defence Minister'', Mufti challenged authority of the Chief Minister for demanding war. He, however, advised the Chief Minister to remain in his limitation. ''It is better if he (Farooq Abdullah) concentrate more on heeding woes of this militancy plagued state'', he said. Giving reasons for formulating a region out-fit, Mufti said that national political parties failed to provide alternative of the National Conference. ''We formed PDP to fill the political vacuum created due to unholy nexus between NC and Congress and NC and BJP'', he said and asserted that PDP was not for power but to provide alternative of the National Conference. ''I have enjoyed power for more than 20 years. We are not for power but to change fate of the people'', he asserted and exhorted the people to join PDP to throw out worst ever corrupt State Government. PDP general secretary, Mr Ved Mahajan, in his address, criticised the State Government for meting out step-motherly treatment with Jammu. He said that people of Jammu region were discriminated in every sphere of lives. ''Successive National Conference governments have adopted discriminatory policies towards Jammu region'', Mr Mahajan said, adding, ''Jammu has more potential of power generation but State Government has allotted less money for Jammu''. Launching a scathing attack on BJP for maintaining a criminal silence over woes of Jammu people, Mr Mahajan regretted that power curtailment has been increased from 5 hours to 12 hours but BJP leaders, who have been claiming to leaders of Jammu, have not uttered even a single word in the Assembly. He alleged that both BJP and Congress leaders have surrendered themselves before NC leaders for their petty political interests. Senior PDP leader, Mr V K Vaishnavi, in his address, exhorted the people to adopt agitation path to force the worst ever corrupt State Government to solve their woes. '' This Government is virtually deaf you should come on streets to put their demands in its ear'', he exhorted the people. Mr Vaishnavi also accused the State Government of adopting divide and rule policy. State vice-president of the PDP, Mr Ashok Sharma, who has organised this rally in Bishnah, highlighted problems being faced by the inhabitants of this border tehsil. He accused the NC leaders of mismanaging distribution of free rations for the people living below poverty line. Mr Sharma said that border residents of this tehsil have been living in hellish conditions but authorities have not time to solve their grievances. Pointing towards the road of the Bishnah Bus-Stand, Mr Ashok Sharma said that this road was laid 20 years back but no repairing has been done since. He also highlighted problem of irrigation, water and power supply. Mr Trilok Singh Bajwa, Baldev Singh Slathia, Sukhvinder Singh, Mrs Surjit Kour, Ashok Jogi, Devinder Sharma, Balwan Singh, and many other leaders addressed the rally. Earlier, Mufti Mohammed Sayed was accorded rousing reception in the town which was once considered as strong hold of Congress. Mufti recalled his association with Bishnah tehsil and said that prominent leaders of the state were elected from Bishnah. A large number of local youth joined PDP in the presence of Mufti Mohammed Sayed.