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Time to end dynastic rule in Kashmir: AAP candidate

Posted on Mar 01 2014 | IANS

Srinagar, March 1 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Srinagar constituency Raja Muzaffar Bhat said Saturday that his party would work against the "dynastic rule" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bhat has been fielded against union minister and National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah.

"Corruption has destroyed all established institutions in the country including the Jammu and Kashmir and the AAP would continue its struggle to eradicate this national menace," Bhat said while addressing a party rally here Saturday.

Bhat, who is also an ardent RTI activist, was addressing his first public meeting after he was nominated by the party to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Abdullah is seeking re-elections from the Srinagar constituency for the NC.

The AAP candidate said despite having ruled the state for so long, the NC not only failed in tackling corruption, but had in fact helped its spread.

"We will go from door to door and ask people to end the dynastic rule of this family in the state.

"Around 60 percent of the state's population is comprised of youth and it is time for the 80-year-old Abdullah to go home and make way for the youth of the state," Bhat said at the Sher-e-Kashmir Municipal Park.

He said whether the AAP comes to power at the centre or ends up winning just 10-20 seats in the elections, the party would continue its pro-people agenda.

Bhat added that he would not give up his pursuit of using RTI to expose corruption and malpractice in the state.

"Why should we leave RTI? RTI is a law and we shall use this more actively in the days to come to expose these corrupt people in the state," he said.

Bhat said his party would work to address the electricity concerns of the people in the state.

He said the AAP would work to get back the ownership of the hydro-power projects owned by the NHPC in the state.

"NHPC gives us just 12 percent of its income from power generated from the state's rivers and keeps 80 percent for itself. This would be reversed by us," he said.

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