AAP In Srinagar, Vows To Restore ‘Power’ To Kashmir


SRINAGAR: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made its entry into Kashmir’s political scene Saturday when party candidate from Srinagar constituency Raja Muzaffar Bhat led a rally in the city and declared that AAP would work against the “dynastic rule” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bhat has been fielded against union minister and National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah and PDP leader Tariq Karra.

Bhat, who is also an ardent RTI activist, was addressing his first public meeting after return from New Delhi at Sheri Kashmir Park.

The AAP candidate, who recently quit PDP, said despite having ruled the state for so long, the NC not only failed in tackling corruption, but had in fact helped its spread.

“We will go from door to door and ask people to end the dynastic rule of this family in the state.

“Around 60 percent of the state’s population is comprised of youth and it is time for the 80-year-old Abdullah to go home and make way for the youth of the state,” Bhat said.

He said that the rotten system of governance manned by the ‘family rulers’ has demolished the cultural, educational, economical and social fabric of the State which has resulted in the worst style of living of senior citizens, youth and especially the student community.

“Unemployment, drug addiction, molestation of women has become the order of the day. All these issues together with the deteriorating condition of political prisoners, discontent among the employees, non-rehabilitation of orphans and above all the abuse of human values in our state are under the active consideration of AAP and the means to address and readdress are being explored,” he said.

The natural water resources have been auctioned without any substantial benefit to the common people. Till date, common people are crying for electricity and all our power projects were surrendered to National Hydroelectric Power Corporation,” he said adding that the height of the matter is that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recently admitted his failure in getting back the power projects and that too from the floor of the House. 

Taking a pledge to ensure return of power projects to Jammu and Kashmir, Bhat said that no party had so far seriously pursued return of these projects from NHPC.

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