If confident of ‘report card’ why beg for alliance: PDP asks Omar

Srinagar: The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) has said if the chief minister Omar Abdullah is so confident about his four year ‘report card’ and public support for him he should not be have been seen as begging for an alliance. “The fact is that the chief minister is extremely jittery about his future and his bravado doesn’t match either his performance at the ground or the political credibility of his party” chief spokesperson of PDP Naeem Akhtar and senior leader Syed Altaf Bukhari said here while responding to Omar Abdullah’s statement in Ganderbal on Tuesday.

Akhtar & Altaf Bukhari said the chief minister in his fifth year of heading a coalition has not a single major scheme, project or program to his credit and now he is trying to blame the opposition for his failures.  In fact he has led the state backwards from a position of hope and growth into despair, anger and anxiety apart from a disastrous performance on development front, the two leaders said. Not to speak of the state, the chief minister doesn’t have a single achievement even in his own constituency, they said and pointed out that he should in fifth year of his rule have been inaugurating the projects started by him, if any, instead of making promises about future.

“On the one hand Omar saheb claims he is not worried about his criticism by the opposition while on the other hand he talks more about PDP than his own party and if it has any plans, programs or achievements” they added. they said in a democracy it is the duty of the opposition to expose the weaknesses of the government and highlight people’s problems but the despotic and arrogant mindset of NC born out of its long held monopoly doesn’t allow it to see this as a normal political activity, with the result that the ruling party is shrinking and reducing to a client outfit trying to cling to power by hook or by crook.

Akhtar & Altaf Bukhari said the present coalition is defined by fraud, corruption, inefficiency and lack of vision that has resulted in stagnation of the state in an environment of overall growth in the country. But, public accountability has arrived in the state from the emergence of PDP as an alternative and people will have a choice to decide about their preferences on the basis of programs and performance rather than ‘fairy tales’ of the past and hollow promises for future Akhtar & Altaf said. ” Fairy tales don’t get votes anymore in a state that now knows that governments can bring change in their lives as they witnessed for a brief while when NC was marginalised after 2002″  they  reminded the CM.

Referring to recent stinkers from the GOI and Planning Commission of India (PCI) to state government Akhtar & Altaf Bukhari said no government has so severely been condemned for non performance as the present one. they said inefficiency of state government has led government of India to hold back the special plan assistance leading to severe cash crunch with treasuries and departments unable to pay cheques and bills. Further releases under the Prime Minister’s reconstruction Program have been stopped for non performance. This program, the biggest economic intervention in the state secured by the PDP led coalition is delayed like the other major program funded by the ADB and executed through ERA. They said the silence order issued by the PCI to politicians including ministers and ruling coalition MLAs about false announcements made by them should have embarrassed the chief minister and led him to set his house in order but instead he has launched a tirade against the opposition. 

They said the MNREGA has become a milch cow for the ruling politicians and their agents forcing government of India to stop releases at least in one district under this flag ship scheme.

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