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PDP ended monopolistic politics of NC: Mufti
JAMMU, Dec 9: Visibly enthused over recently concluded LC polls trends indicative of party’s growth in both the regions despite its defeat, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today stated that its (PDP’s) emergence of PDP as a credible regional force ended monopolistic politics of National Conference.

“It also introduced a much needed corrective into the democratic system of Jammu and Kashmir which was poised for a genuine democratic contest for the first time in its history in which the people would have clear options to choose from on the basis of performance,” the PDP patron stated while addressing an impressive rally in Bari Brahmanan near here in Vijaypur assembly segment.

He however regretted that a highly competent (administrative) set up had been rendered ineffective and brought to ridicule by an incompetent leadership at the top.

This was the first ever major rally of PDP after the verdict of election to four seats of Legislative Council under Panchayat quota. Though the coalition made a clean sweep by bagging all four seats yet the analysis of voting trends pointed towards the impressive growth of PDP in Jammu region pushing behind Jammu based parties to capture runner up slot against the combined strength of National Conference and Congress. Despite electoral defeat, the party also managed to retain its ground as only challenge to the alliance in Kashmir region as well.

Mufti said the emergence of PDP as a party that was 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, he said.

“Till now unfortunately no party has been able to inspire confidence among all the stakeholders of our diverse state with everybody aiming solely for power and generally by creating fissures in society for vote banks. 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 told his audience.

Mufti said democracy in the state had suffered in the past for a variety of reasons but one major deficiency was the absence of a credible alternative to the National Conference in Kashmir and generally adversarial national parties in most parts of Jammu. This, he said, left people in the Valley with a fait accompli in the shape of National Conference and fractured Jammu mandate with the result that no matter who voted for whom National Conference ended up in the driver’s seat. He said this unusual scenario for a democracy made the NC arrogant and the notion of absolute power and indispensability led it ideologically and materially to absolute corruption and it would swap parties, rig elections, oppress opponents and make U turns and compromises on state’s vital interests with impunity.

“In the process the state that is blessed by nature with immense resources for growth suffered economically, socially and politically and is reduced to a begging bowl because there was no political audit and accountability of rulers,” Mufti added.

Referring to the anarchy in governance PDP patron said this had resulted in a virtual collapse of social sectors like education and health under this government. He said the billions spent on education and health in government sector had been wasted either as a result of corruption or inefficiency. Schemes like the NRHM in health failed to upgrade health in rural areas and similarly the revolutionary interventions like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RAMSA in education had not been able to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people. “The state government is sitting on mountains of central resources without being able to spend it purposefully except where the vested interest sees a chance to make personal fortunes,” he said.

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,” former Chief Minister said and regretted that a highly competent set up had been rendered ineffective and brought to ridicule by an incompetent leadership at the top.

The official handout issued by PDP stated that a large number of political workers including district vice president of National Conference Saleem Choudhary along with hundreds of his supporters today joined PDP.

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, Kalyan Singh besides others also spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the Saleem Choudhary said that ruling National Conference had been discriminating with weaker sections. He especially gave example of Vijaypur assembly segment and said that weaker sections were not getting benefits of the schemes meant for them because ruling party was discriminating with poor people.
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News Updated at : Monday, December 10, 2012
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