JK Suffered In Absence Of Credible Alternative To NC: Mufti

JK Suffered In Absence Of Credible Alternative To NC: Mufti

9 December 2012
Rising Kashmir


Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir is poised for a genuine democratic contest for the first time in its history in which people would have clear options to choose from on the basis of performance, said Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed here Sunday. Addressing a rally in Vijaypur assembly segment, Mufti said democracy in the state suffered due to the absence of a credible alternative to National Conference in Kashmir and generally adversarial national parties in most parts of Jammu. “This left people in the valley with a fait accompli in the shape of NC and fractured Jammu mandate. As a result, no matter who voted for whom, NC ended up in the driver’s seat.” Taking a dig at the ruling party, Mufti said this unusual scenario for a democracy made NC arrogant and the notion of absolute power and indispensability led it ideologically and materially to absolute corruption. “And it (NC) would swap parties, rig elections, oppress opponents, and make U turns and compromises on state’s vital interests with impunity.” He said the state, despite its natural resources for growth, suffered economically, socially and politically and has been reduced to a begging bowl because there was no political audit and accountability of rulers. Mufti said PDP has emerged as a credible regional force ending the monopolistic politics and introducing a much needed corrective into the democratic system of J&K. “The emergence of PDP as a party expanding into all regions of the state was a historic necessity for other reasons as well. Apart from providing an alternative for governance it could fill a major gap in state polity by connecting regions and communities across the state on a single political platform.” The PDP patron said till now no party has been able to inspire confidence among all the stakeholders of the diverse state with everybody aiming solely for power and generally by creating fissures in society for vote bank. “I am making a sincere effort to fill this void by connecting people and seek your cooperation in bringing them on one platform to fight for our democratic rights.” Mufti said anarchy in governance had resulted in a virtual collapse of social sectors like education and health under the present government. He said billions spent on education and health in government sector has been wasted either as a result of corruption or inefficiency. “Schemes like the NRHM in health have failed to upgrade health in rural areas and similarly the revolutionary interventions like the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan and RAMSA in education have not been able to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people.” Mufti said while corruption was a major problem at the national level, in J&K it had the patronage of people in high places and the vigilance apparatus had been completely disabled. He said government employees would be able to discharge their duties sincerely only under an effective and visionary political direction. “The same administration produced entirely different results under the previous coalition and ran the state much better even at the height of militancy.” Mufti said a highly competent set up had been rendered ineffective and brought to ridicule by an incompetent leadership at the top. Meanwhile, according to a party statement, “A large number of political workers, including district vice president of National Conference Saleem Choudhary, along with hundreds of his supporters joined PDP.” Among others who also spoke on the occasion included Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Thakur Balbir Singh, Choudhary Zulfikar, MLA Darhal, Ved Mahajan, Shanti Devi, Choudhary Hussain Ali Wafa, Falail Singh, Rashid Malik, Surjeet Kour, Suresh Sharma, Capt Anil Gour, Bharat Choudhary, Sunita Devi, Yashpal Sharma from Ramgarh, Pawan Dev Singh, Ashok Jogi, Imtiyaz Banday, Majid Shapu, Chatter Saini, Digvijay Singh, Bacchan Lal, Vijay Kumar Baba, Gurparshad, Satpal Charak, Goutam Singh, Puneet Jamwal, Noor Hussain, Haji Alam, Rahim, Rattan Lal and Kalyan Singh.