Vajpayee Took Bold Steps For J&K Only Because Of Mufti: Mehbooba

10 August 2014
Kashmir Life


Srinagar: While taking all credits of 'bold' initiatives of India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for Jammu and Kashmir, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said Vajpayee's bold initiatives were possible only when a chief minister of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's political sagacity, maturity and vision was at the helm in the state. 'Till then his (Vajpayee's) ally government led by NC in the state, with a brute majority of 60 members in the assembly, had compromised on already every issue ranging from recommendation of bombing Pakistan to banning of new schools, recruitment to government jobs, banning shahtoos and handing over the best power projects to the Centre,' Mehbooba said on Sunday while addressing a meeting of her party members in North Kashmir. The PDP Chief, who represents South Kashmir in Lok Sabha, also said PDP has been able to inspire confidence, among a majority of the people in all the regions of the state, about its ability to solve the multiple problems faced by Jammu and Kashmir on political, economic, administrative and financial front. She has also said in the meeting that her party, with a decisive mandate, will carry forward its agenda of political resolution, good governance and employment generation and convert Jammu and Kashmir into a real welfare state. As per a party statement, Mehbooba has also said the Lok Sabha elections have provided a credible platform for the workers and cadres of her party to build for a decisive mandate from the people. 'Instead of breeding over-confidence or complacence, it should inspire us to reach out to all sections of society and those who still are not convinced about our intentions and agenda need to be approached with humility.' While appreciating the people who are joining her party, Mehbooba has said the 'doors of the PDP are open for all the people who have good of the state at heart, and it was positive that professionals and non-professional people who have distinguished themselves in different fields are joining the party in large numbers in all the regions.' Mehbooba also said the NC-led government is trying to employ strong arm methods against the officials and the workers of the PDP to harass them into submission on the other hand they are making false promises, fake and funny foundation laying and ribbon cutting ceremonies and inventing new methods of selling non-existent jobs. 'They have even created a category of employees who are issued orders against unpaid vacancies,' she said and remarked that creation of an unpaid category of employees could only be attributed to the genius of NC, which has used 'azadi', 'raishumari' and 'autonomy' in the past with good results for itself but unpaid category of employees would certainly boomerang on them and this would be their last dirty trick to be played on innocent and gullible people. She said even for unpaid jobs, the agents of the ruling parties are collecting money from the youth.