Governor's address was 'Election Poster' of J

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Jammu, Jan 8 (UNI) Opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly today termed the Governor's opening day address as ''Election Poster'' of the ruling partners which narrated ''old stories and assurances''.

Contradicting the Governor's address on various points, leader of the Opposition and National Conference MLA, Abdul Rahim Rather said, ''the Governor's address is being used as Election Poster by the state government.'' He summarised the claims of the Congress-People's Democratic Party coalition government quoting a rhyme: ' 'Bahar Se Nai Safedian Hain, Ander Se Mahal Deh Raha Hai (It's only shining from outside, but crumbling from inside)''.

Deploring the Chief Minister's campaign against corruption, he said government had taken action to stop political corruption.

He alleged that the government had not tabled in the assembly the Kundal Commission Report -- as it is going to expose the government.

''There are at least 20 corruption cases regarding involvement of politicians and bureaucrats in big scams in various departments, which are being investigated by the State Vigilance Organisation,'' he said.

Mr Rather came down heavily on the government, which claimed opening of Poonch-Rawlakote and Srinagar-Muzaffarabad roads as economy booster for the local public.

Justifying the figures given in Governor's speech, Mr Rather said: ''On an average, only one person had crossed the LoC in a day while one-and-a- half came to this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir since the roads were opened.'' With this, the NC leader said, the government had failed not only to meet its assurances made to the people who were lured to make investments to meet the requirements of visitors in their areas but also in reuniting the separated families.

''It is not that people do not want to go across and meet their relations,'' he said, giving the names of people who had died just with the hope of meeting their separated dear ones in their life again.

Mr Rather refuted the government's claim of decrease in the number of Human Rights violations and corruption in the state.

The Opposition leader, however, warned the government that unless Human Rights violations in the state are completely checked, the peace-process could never be successful.


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