PDP has well-defined agenda: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, Apr 6: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accused the ruling National Conference of developing vested interest in instability of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The NC has a vested interest in instability of the state as has been established time and again. The PDP, on the other hand, has a track record of bringing in stability.

"It is the only party qualified to do so through a progressive and well-defined agenda," Mehbooba told roadside poll meetings in Anantnag district. Mehbooba, who is PDP candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, urged youths to come out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

She said they have to make a choice whether they want the state to live in perpetual instability or want to give themselves a chance for growth and harnessing of their potential.

The PDP head accused the NC of pursuing an anti-youth agenda by denying the young population of Kashmir a democratic space, curbing their voices and not doing anything substantial to make their future better.

Mehbooba said the National Conference has always been averse to the youth participation in the democratic process because it does not want anybody else to come forward to play its role in making the system better and accountable.

"The party whose top leader says I am the agenda and claims credit for earth filling of a sports ground as his main achievement during the last five years to seek votes again has obviously nothing to offer the youth," the PDP president said apparently referring to recent statements of NC patron Farooq Abdullah.

Mehbooba claimed in 1987, the NC denied the youth a representative space and pushed them to pick up guns by "rigging" the polls. "The situation is now before all of us which speaks loud about the NC’s lust for power and its least concern about people’s aspirations," she said.


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