PDP, NC Locked In War Of Words

22 April 2008

Poonch: 1. State Being Transformed Into Bihar 2. NC To Recruit Middle Pass Candidates, In Police, 12th Pass As ReTs If Voted To Power. Poonch, Apr 22: National Conference president Omar Abdullah Tuesday accused the ruling Congress-PDP coalition of dividing people of the state on religious, caste, and regional lines, warning such divisive politics would lead the state to a path of disaster. “Unity is the basis of our heritage and we should be wary of people who wanted to divide us for their political interests,” he said, adding, “Such people should be discarded in the coming assembly elections.” Omar said the unity and integrity of the state was in danger if the “divisive policies of the coalition were not confronted.” He said the Jammu and Kashmir has a history of tolerance and communal harmony which can’t be shattered by “cheap politicking.” He said that National Conference, which has always stood for secular values, will fight such forces to their last. Addressing a public rally in Poonch today, Omar said the state was “degenerating into another Bihar due to corruption, violence, and lack of development.” Omar said people in Jammu and Kashmir have become victims of divisions within the coalition partners and “their thirst of power.” “The multiple power centers within the coalition and a rat race to outdo each other has given rise to the weakest ever government in the state,” he added. “Frustrated political leaders in the state will face defeat in the coming polls and will get a befitting reply from the people of the state for their politics of deceit,” he added. Omar said the PDP leadership cannot befool people of the state any more, as “they are wise enough to see through their dual policies.” Coming down heavily upon coalition government for creating hype on developmental front, Omar said that it was unfortunate that during the last more than five years the government has even failed to provide basic amenities to the general masses despite receiving huge financial aid from the central government. He said, “Most parts of the rural Jammu and Kashmir still lacks roads, power, water and health care facilities. The government is more concerned with creating hype and getting media publicity than delivering on the ground.” Omar urged youth to focus on self development and self empowerment and promised them that the National Conference voted to power will come out with a youth-oriented policy which will lay emphasis on a progressive strategy for welfare of the youth. He said that National Conferences will recruit middle pass candidates in police and as class IV employees. The eligibility for Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers would be 10+2, he said. Earlier, more than one hundred workers from various political parties joined National Conference in presence of the party president. Some prominent women political activists of Poonch also joined the party. Prominent among those who joined the party along with their supporters today include Peer Haji Nisar, Haji Akram Tantry and Syed Zeeshan Kazmi. Later the NC President visited the houses of Block President Bagh Hussian Rathore, Molvi Sonaullah, Sardar Parminder Singh, and Rinko who lost their lives in a tragic road accident during Poonch bye-elections.