Mehbooba Hits Back, Calls NC 'a Political Liability, Mafia'9 October 2011
Srinagar: The war of words between the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling National Conference over the death of Syed Mohammad Yusuf seems to get uglier every passing day. The PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday called NC- the oldest political party in Jammu and Kashmir, 'a political liability and a mafia'. Addressing a workers convention in Sopore in North Kashmir, about 55 kilometers from here, Mehbooba said “the happenings at the chief minister’s residence involving illegal transactions for political appointments and the death in mysterious circumstance of a family loyalist remove the façade of any commitment to people from the Abdullahs”. 'The party under Dr Abdullah and Omar has become a huge liability and a source of embarrassment for the state,' she said. She said the latest event only confirms what most people in the state always knew about the ruling family and the government they run in the state 'almost as a mafia'. 'People have been suffering in silence or in protest without being able to get any reprieve from corruption, misgovernance and atrocities while the NC leadership assumes more arrogance and brazenness. Instead of putting its house in order the NC ruling family is only adding to the decadence of the party by selling political jobs and institutionalising a stinking culture of corruption at all levels,” Mehbooba said. The PDP president made it clear that her party was not demanding dismissal of state government but only the stepping down of Omar Abdullah and his MOS home to facilitate a credible and transparent probe 'as fingers had been raised against them in the corruption and death case that took place in illegal detention'. 'But unfortunately the family would not trust anyone outside the house hold even out of their senior most and loyal colleagues with leadership of the government she pointed out,' she said. She said any probe done by any agency would lack 'credibility till those who have been accused by the family and witnesses hold on to power and in the process one more blow would be served against democracy and governance system in the state that have been constantly compromised by the NC'. Mehbooba said death of Mohammad Yusuf represents the lowest point in 'NC’s own history of deceit and duplicity'. 'He was no ordinary person but had access to the chief minister and Dr Farooq Abdullah who facilitated his entry to places which are out of bounds even for the ministers not to speak of ‘ordinary worker’ or a ‘crook’ as Omar calls him after his death in order to distance the family from him,' he said. She said the PDP will carry on the campaign at people’s level to create awareness among the people for a complete change and a burial of the culture of corruption and exploitation promoted by the NC for decades in order to ensure its own power and stuff family coffers. She said her party holds the interests of the state supreme and it would with the help of people and especially the youth change not just the system but the destiny of the state through democratic and peaceful means.