Dump Political Deadwood: Mehbooba To People24 May 2011
Jammu: Urging people of the state to look beyond the beaten political track, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has called for a reassessment of the role of traditional parties who monopolised power politics for decades. “Parties established by grandfathers and dominated by sons and grandsons have outlived their utility and relevance and have been dumped by the people in states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and earlier in Bihar and UP,” Mehbooba told a public meeting in Jammu city last evening. She said in the state, National Conference is a party of the past and people especially the youth should try out newer options on the basis of their programmes, agenda and performance. PDP, she said is gaining acceptability on the strength of its forward-looking agenda of peace and resolution and performance during its brief stint in government when it set new standards of governance. On the other hand NC was getting squeezed out of political space and remained part of the power structure only by nurturing its lifelines at the cost of state’s dignity, political authority and economic assets, she added. Stressing that restoration of full and unfettered democracy was the way forward in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP chief said it is this spirit that keeps the country going in spite of the massive scams, abject poverty among a large section of poverty and other socio economic issues facing it. “People must have the final say in choosing their government, a right that unfortunately is granted to the people of this state only reluctantly and curtailed generally to bring in a preferred party,” she said. The current elections to the Panchayats which fortunately have remained immune to the ‘traditional management’, she said should be an eye opener as these have resulted in a near total rout of NC with opposition backed candidates sweeping these polls which were held on non-party basis only to hide the embarrassment of the NC. The meeting was organized by PDP Jammu district (urban) president R K Bali.