Mufti Creating Rural-Urban Divide: NC

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SRINAGAR – National Conference Tuesday lashed out at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party accusing its leaders of creating rural urban divide and misleading the people by issuing cooked up figures about development of Srinagar.

“In a classic instance of hoodwinking the gullible by negative campaigning, the PDP leaders have pointed out to the alleged paucity of infrastructure in Srinagar city, alleging the city is the swing factor that allows National Conference to come to power primarily because of the poll boycott. The old intriguer has rattled off a few figures and statistics in support of his wildly overboard and delusional allegations,” National Conference spokesman, Tanveer Sadiq, said in a statement.

“The tricks are to sow discord in the Kashmiri society and polity, deepening the urban rural fissures,” he said, asking whether the same PDP and its leaders should be believed, who had nearly shifted the secretariat from Srinagar and stalled urban reform bill to ensure the centre did not release the funds.

Accusing Mufti, Mehbooba, Beigh of being divisive, diversionary, foul and negative, Sadiq said actions spoke louder than words and the National Conference, under Omar Abdullah’s leadership was developing Srinagar like never before.

Referring to Mufti’s statement about election boycott in eight seats of Srinagar, Sadiq said 20 other seats National Conference had won were from rural areas of the state and even in Jammu region, the party had come second in 15 seats, losing them by just a narrow margin.

“Mufti’s double game of saying one thing in the Srinagar city and another in the rural areas  has been exposed and his dream of ever coming to power will only remain unfulfilled but turn into his worst nightmare,” Sadiq said adding people could see through Mufti’s agenda of complete fragmentation of Kashmiri society, polity and politics.

Sadiq said confusion and frustration in PDP was obvious because half of its legislators were going to desert it. “Leave Srinagar, the party will be wiped out in both South and  North Kashmir and people will show them their place,” he claimed.

Reiterating his party’s commitment to development and settlement of the political issue of the state, Sadiq said, “We will ensure equitable development of the entire state and guard against any encroachment on its special status.”

Highlighting the “historic” steps taken by Omar-led government, Sadiq said, “The Rs 24 crore project on a 2 km stretch to develop craft bazaars, retail outlets, refreshment kiosks, production centers and battery operated cars is a hallmark towards developing the city besides the success of Sangarmal shopping mall.”

“The 4-lane expressway at a cost of Rs. 243.6 crore from Dalgate to Rambagh, completion of Rainawari hospital, 200-bed pediatric hospital at Dewan Bagh, 250 bed maternity hospital and the Rs 161 crore super specialty hospital is nearing completion,” he said, listing several other works executed or under execution in the city.

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