National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that PDP’s “consistent U-turns, broken promises and the summary betrayal of the 2014 mandate” created widespread disillusionment and disenchantment in the Valley and led to an unprecedented deterioration of the situation as is being witnessed today.
Addressing a delegates’ convention for Chrar-e-Sharief Constituency at Budgam on Thursday, Omar said the people of the State witnessed destruction, disillusionment and alienation from the very day Prime Minister Modi and Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed joined hands and formed an alliance that ridiculed the mandate and the aspirations of the people.
The injustice, persecution and oppression that have been perpetuated against the people, especially the youth since the past three and a half years, has no parallel in the State’s history. The situation has deteriorated to the extent of hopelessness as our youth have been deceived for rank political opportunism. PDP sought votes in 2014 on a number of planks and promises – the foremost plank being that the party would keep BJP out of power in the State and safeguard the State’s political identity and interests,” Omar told the delegates.
He added that, however, as soon as the election results were out, PDP embraced the BJP with the sole aim of coming to power.
“To safeguard the interests of the State, NC and Congress offered unconditional support to PDP and Late Mufti Sahab but sadly PDP chose to go ahead with its plan and allied with the BJP. We made it abundantly clear at that point of time that we would neither ask for any ministerial berths nor any perks of power and that our support was unconditional with the singular intention of safeguarding the State’s interests. Despite this offer, PDP aligned with the powers that have long been perceived to be behind the party’s inception”, the former JK CM said.
The NC Vice President said under PDP’ rule, successive attempts were made to inflict harm on the State’s special constitutional position and status with PDP acting as a facilitator for such intrigues and plans.
“Our fiscal autonomy was eroded by the extension of the GST Bill to the State and National Acts were extended to J&K without even token resistance offered by the PDP. I fail to understand how Mehbooba Mufti can still claim to have worked to safeguard Article 35 A and Article 370 when the State’s special status was harmed and irrevocably weakened under her watch and with her full support”, Omar said.
“The situation in the State has deteriorated to an extent where educated youth, professors and children of serving police personnel are choosing the path of the gun despite opportunities of employment and education that they have. This is a result of the PDP-BJP Government’s anti-youth policies and suppression of youth over the past three and a half years”, Omar added.
The NC Vice President said clandestine efforts were underway to further fragment the people of the State and weaken the State internally through such sinister ploys.