NC-Cong coalition boat sinking under weight of its own sins: Mufti
Alleging that National Conference-Congress coalition in the state is collapsing under the weight of its own sins, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Omar-led government has from day one faltered at every step and provided ample evidence that it has neither the vision, nor any agenda for governance.
Addressing a public meeting in Chadoora assembly segment of Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Mr Syeed said Mr Abdullah's government was doomed from day one as the coalition was cobbled up only to grab power without any agenda for governance.
Mr Syeed said the collapse of this government is imminent as is obvious from the wave of anger sweeping across the state against it. "Mr Abdullah's only ambition was to become the Chief Minister for six years which he later even projected as his only achievement and in the process subsumed the NC into Congress", he alleged.
Mr Syeed said the NC as a regional party should have insisted on having Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with the Congress before entering into an alliance as the PDP had done in 2002, which brought immediate relief and change in the state. But, instead of doing so, they made the alliance only a matter of power and immunity against the misconduct of the leaders of coalition.
"That is why no action was taken in any of the scandals that surfaced during the last five-and-half years which touched even the Chief Minister and most of his ministers, Mr Mufti added.
Mr Mufti said the Lok Sabha elections provide a golden opportunity to the people of the state to get rid of the exploitative politics of the NC as they have a better alternative available in the shape of PDP.
He said the PDP is a party that is guided only by the interests of the people and has therefore presented a specific agenda for its elected members in the Lok Sabha. "NC on the other hand has not bothered even to present a manifesto and its leader and candidate for Srinagar declared that 'I am the agenda," Mr Mufti said.
He said this exposes that inability of the NC even to think about issues not to speak of any action in the interests of the state. "At the fag-end of their tenure the NC is trying to project its alliance with Congress as its greatest achievement not realising that people consider it as the beginning of the end of a party that had once a complete monopoly on the politics of the state," Mr Syeed said.
(Posted on 12-04-2014)