Seeking support of the people to uproot the worst ever corrupt dispensation headed by the National Conference, patron of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that forthcoming Lok Sabha elections would be the first stage of PDP’s crusade to set up a new system of justice and equality in J&K.
He asserted that with the support of the people PDP is committed to establish a corruption free, transparent and accountable system of governance in the State so as to ensure that every individual would get equal opportunity of growth.
Addressing a public meeting at Kathua, Mufti said that since its formation the National Conference coalition regime has systematically dismantled democratic institutions in the State thus depriving people of their democratic rights. He observed that democratic institutions of the State have become first causality of the wrong policies being propagated by the present dispensation during the last more than five years.
Ridiculing claims of the government to take some steps to “strengthening” Panchayat Raj Institutions in the State, Mufti said that such cosmetic steps were taken too late. “Panchayat elections in the State were held in the year 2011 but for the last three years nothing has been done to make Panchayats vibrant in J&K”, he said and observed that when tenure of the present government was almost over this regime has been taking some cosmetic steps at its fag end only to befool the people.
“This regime had conducted Panchayati elections only to get grants which were blocked by the Centre for not conducting Panchayati elections in the State. Trickling down powers at village level to strengthen grass root democracy was never aim of this regime, he said, adding, “the way this government created hurdles in the elections of the Block Development Councils (BDCs) and District Development Councils (DDCs) is a clear indication that regime is not interested to decentralize powers”.
Taking State Government to task for its failure to conduct civic bodies elections which were due in February 2010, he said that during the last five years Jammu and Kashmir has been witnessing deliberate and overt attempt to irrevocably subvert democratic institutions.
He said that people were sick and tired of the corruption and they want to get rid of present system. “There is corruption from top to bottom and the prevailing anarchy is increasing alienation among the people”, he regretted and recalled that PDP led coalition had institutionalized recruitment process and had brought transparency and accountability in all recruitments system. “More than one lakh recruitments were made during PDP regime in transparent manner”, he said.
Reiterating resolve of his party to address aspirations of all regions and sub-regions of the State, he said that agenda of the party was prepared by accommodating wishes of all regions and sub-regions of the State. He reminded the gathering that during its tenure the PDP led regime had proved its capability of changing life of the common masses by treating all individual equally and providing equal opportunities to all sections of the society. “During our tenure we generated governance consciousness among the people and residents of Jammu and Kashmir had a taste of good governance and pro-people administration”, he said.
“Only PDP has potential to provide credible alternative of National Conference because this party during its tenure in the government and as well as in opposition has proved how to address aspirations of the people”, he said and urged people of Jammu region to response their faith in PDP for political empowerment and balanced economic growth “I assure the people that PDP would safeguard their aspirations and concerns as a responsible political party”, he told the gathering.