NC Govt has legitimised corruption: Mufti
3 March 2001
The Daily Excelsior
NAGROTA: Accusing ruling National Conference of adopting callous attitude towards ever increasing woes of the masses, vice-president of the J&K People's Democratic Party (PDP), Ms Mehbooba Mufti today said that unrest and disillusionment among youth increased after installation of Farooq Government in the State. Addressing a public meeting at this town, Ms Mufti regretted that Chief Minister of a region devastated by the prolonged violence was non-serious and indifferent towards the miseries of the masses. She shifted all blames on State Government for the prevailing conditions in the state and lambasted the ruling party for not taking effective steps to mitigate woes of the masses. Coming down heavily on State Government for legitimising corruption, PDP leader alleged that ruling elites have siphoned off crores and crores of rupees meant for the betterment and upliftment of the masses. Expressing concern over ever increasing violence in the State, Ms Mufti reiterated her party's stand that dialogue was the only solution to bring peace and tranquality in the State. She mentioned some recent militant incident including Friday's gruesome killing of 16 cops in Rajouri. Addressing the meeting, Mr Ved Mahajan, general secretary of the PDP accused the successive State Governments of meting out a step-motherly treatment with Jammu region. He regretted that ruling elites of the State have always treated Jammu as their colony and discriminated Jammu region in the every sphere of life. He further said that State Governments has always discriminated Jammu region in development and welfare matters. Taking strong exception of the decision of State Government to start five hydro-power projects in the State, Mr Mahajan regretted that three projects sanctioned for Kashmir Valley would be financed by the Central Government while the remaining two for Jammu region would get funds from Jammu. He termed this action as discriminatory and an attempt to be-fool the Jammuites. Shifting blame on BJP for discrimination with Jammu, Mr Mahajan said that except making tall claims BJP has failed to provide justice to the Jammu people. He, however, asserted that PDP was committed for the equal development of all the three regions of the State. Mr Ashok Sharma, senior vice-president of the youth wing of the PDP, while addressing the gathering called upon youth to launch a war against corrupt NC regime. He blamed National Conference Government for spread of militancy in Jammu region. Expressing grave concern over killing of 16 cops at Rajouri, Mr Sharma demanded adequate compensation for the family members of the policemen killed by militants. He further demanded Government jobs for kith and kins of the deceased police men. PDP youth leader also demanded CBI probe in the entire PRIME admission scam and urged the students to expose those touts who were involved in this scam. Mr Tirlok Singh Bajwa, Shanti Devi, Sukhvinder Singh, Surjeet Kour and others addressed the meetings and criticised State Government.