PDP is politically bankrupt: NC

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Srinagar, Oct 30 (UNI) The National Conference (NC), the main opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, today said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a ruling coalition partner in the state, was ''politically bankrupt'' as ''glaringly'' evident from the recent statements of its leadership.

''The political bankruptcy of the PDP and its leaders can be glaringly seen in their recent remarks, which reflect the frustration set in the rank and file of that party,'' an NC statement said here.

It said the PDP chief cleverly tried to scuttle the political issues raised by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, probably realising she has no answers.

''If she comes out with the answers truthfully and honestly, it will further add to the falling political graph of the PDP.'' The statement said the NC has been a strong votary of troop relocation and redeployment as and when the security situation warranted since 1996. In fact from 1996 to 2002, troop redeployment and relocation had been a routine affair at the district level under the advise of the Deputy Commissioners and District Superintendent of Police concerned, it added.

The PDP then raised the bogey of complete troop withdrawal from the state and stalled the process of governance in the state for almost two months by refusing to attend any Cabinet meeting.

The statement further said when the demand was rejected by the Centre, the PDP compromised and started attending Cabinet meetings.

It said the NC has always stood for the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their welfare and never indulged in raising hollow political slogans to misguide and misdirect the masses for petty political gains.

''However, the PDP ever since being conceived by the powers outside Jammu and Kashmir has not been able to find its moorings in the state to the utter disappointment of its masters.'' The statement said the PDP stood exposed by its hollow sloganeering and no relief to the people during the past five years.

''The PDP is a power hungry and opportunistic political outfit, which can barter the interest of the state and its people for its survival by indulging in petty political mechanisations and bickering,'' it added.

UNI

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