BJP Stoking Communal Fires For Electoral Gains: Mehbooba Mufti

6 November 2014
Greater Kashmir

Doda: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said the BJP is playing with fire by trying to divide the state on ethnic and communal lines for electoral gains. 'New challenges have emerged with the failure of National Conference and Congress- that is the rise of forces that are playing dangerous politics by dividing the state on communal and religious lines and that is the last thing our pluralistic and inclusive state can afford,' PDP president said while addressing an election rally here. She said PDP is the only party that can face-up to the challenge if it gets a decisive mandate of the people. She urged people to give PDP a chance to serve them on the strength of its performance during its brief tenure in the government between 2002 and 2005 and 'its visionary agenda under the leadership of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.' Mehbooba said as both NC and Congress got decimated in Lok Sabha polls, now the direct electoral contest is between PDP and BJP in the assembly elections. 'It is now up to the people how strong a government they want to give the state under the leadership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed which can effectively tackle the challenges facing it,' Mehbooba said. PDP President said until now people have been supporting the National Conference and Congress by giving them majority in the assembly but 'in return they only brought disgrace to the people and compromised the state's interests.' Mehbooba said PDP has now become a pan J&K party by way of its pro-people agenda, credibility of its leadership, clean politics, vision, programmes and policies and it understands well what the problems of this state are and how these can be addressed democratically. 'We understand your problems and concerns better way than anyone else and it is only with your support that we can change the course of history,' she said. Accusing Omar Abdullah of presiding over the most corrupt and inefficient regime in the state's history, Mehbooba said JK is currently facing with tough challenges of instability, misgovernance, unemployment, corruption, development deficit and host of other issues and PDP only has a comprehensive plan and vision to address these issues. 'Your support is crucial for us at this point of time to allow us to take the state forward and rewrite a new chapter in the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh's history,' the PDP Chief told the gathering. Appealing the people of Chenab Valley to vote wholeheartedly for her party, Mehbooba said the people in the mountainous region have in the past voted for all parties except the PDP, and it was time that they gave a chance to her party which has established itself as a credible alternative to the now collapsing Congress and National Conference. Referring to the tourism potential in Doda, Mehbooba said the entire mountainous belt is destined to become a leading tourism destination in the world provided it is developed in a planned way without affecting the environs. Mehbooba said the aim behind the idea for creating Doda-Kishtwar-Sinthan Top-Kokernag tourist circuit during the PDP-led govt was to uplift economy of the hilly region. 'To introduce planned development of tourism, PDP during its tenure, constituted around two dozen Tourism Development Authorities for the unexplored areas across the state,' she said adding the concept picked up but got derailed later due the lack of vision on part of present dispensation. Shahab-ul-Haq, candidate for Doda assembly segment also addressed the rally.