NC changed politics of vote into politics of violence: Mehbooba

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Sept 20: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said the agenda for transforming Jammu and Kashmir into a hub of peace and economic stability can be achieved only with the active participation and struggle of youth of the State.
She was addressing a PDP youth convention organised by Aga Syed Yousuf at Budgam on Wednesday  Senior party leader and former Finance Minister Tariq Karra, senior party leader Aga Syed Mehmood, PDP leader and noted RTI activist Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat attended the convention.
Speaking on the occasion, Mehbooba said since its inception, PDP had promised people of the State that once in power the party will restore sense of security and provide a clean administration. It was during PDP regime that political process was initiated and new ventures for the empowerment of people like mobile telephony, creating new educational institutes, reforms in health sector and opening of traditional routes including Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, Poonch-Rawalakote road, Mughal Road became a reality. She said reopening of these roads was the most significant development in breaking decades’ old mindset that denied the people of the State the right to travel across the LoC.
The PDP president said, National Conference leadership has always enjoyed the relationship with all leaders and political parties in the country but created   a trust deficit between the people of the State and rest of the country. “It was NC which made a U-Turn after loosing power in 1950s and advocated secession from India for 22 years in the name of plebiscite front. And surrendered the same for 1975 power accord. The party showed its real face again in 1987, when it rigged elections just to stay in power. That was the year that NC forced youth of the State to take to guns for changing politics of vote in politics of violence,” Mehbooba added.
Former Minister Mr Tariq Hamid Karra explained the youth about reasons behind the formation and its futuristic agenda. “Besides restoring dignity and honour, PDP was formed with an aim to provide people of the State a platform to give vent to their socio-political aspirations,” Karra explained.

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