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Government converted Jammu Kashmir into jail, alleged PDP

Posted on Nov 15, 07:15PM | UNI

Main opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today alleged that the National Conference (NC)-Congress coalition government has converted state into "an open prison where there is no right to dissent."

Addressing a public meeting at Naidkhah in Sonawari in north Kashmir, senior PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said dissension was fundamental to anyone living in a democratic set up.

In a modern democratic society, the right to dissent was one of the most fundamental rights. Right to debate or freedom of speech and the right to express dissent were the basic principles of a democracy. But unfortunately the present state government believis in muzzling dissent by way frequent detentions of youth and continuous house arrest of Hurriyat Conference (HC) leaders, Mr Baig observed.

Stating that resolution of Kashmir issue was essential, Mr Baig observed that HC also said that there was a problem and while there could be a difference of opinion on the mode of resolution nobody could deny the existence of the problem.

He alleged that the present coalition government was responsible for maligning the name of Indian democracy and constitutional system by depriving peaceful and respectable citizens, their liberty and fundamental rights.

The former Deputy Chief Minister said the Omar Abdullah government has failed on all fronts primarily because it had neither an agenda nor a direction.

He said while the PDP in 2002 ensured that the resolution of Kashmir problem and dismantling of state repression was included in the CMP with the Congress.

The NC in its hurry to grab power forgot even about its own manifesto. Its alliance with Congress is gross political opportunism and a state has reached in this coalition where corruption seems the basic CMP among the two parties, he said.