PDP patron Mufti Sayeed says he predicted Jammu trouble

Contrary to his party’s stand during the near two month long agitation over transfer of land to SASB,PDP patron,Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,said,'I told that cancellation of the land order will lead to disturbance.'

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Jammu | Published: February 16, 2009 1:10:04 pm

Contrary to his party’s stand during the near two month long agitation over transfer of land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB),PDP patron,Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,on Sunday said,“I told that cancellation of the land order will lead to disturbance in the state.”

Addressing a largely attended public rally in Jammu,the former Chief Minister tried to win over the electorate of Jammu ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. He however said that unlike the other parties,PDP didn’t trade the interests of people of Jammu and it even put up a candidate against the coalition allies on the Rajya Sabha seats.

Interestingly,the PDP patron’s new public posture on the transfer of land to Shrine Board comes even as the party pulled out support to the Congress government lead by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,distancing itself from the government order under which the land was transferred to the board.

The former Chief Minister said that PDP was a party which talks about the interests of Jammu region and the discrimination towards the region can be overcome through the devolution of power from the State to its regions as has been enshrined in its self rule document.

The PDP patron said that self rule tries to address both the international and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue by evening and defining the relations which this part of the state will have with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

He said that it was his dream that the roads with PoK are opened for boosting trade ties between the two sides of Kashmir and his party was for opening of the roads including the Suchetgarh-Sialkote road between India and Pakistan.

He also asked for re-negotiating the terms and conditions under which the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) builds power projects in the state. He said that already the state has suffered heavy economic losses and has become a borrower of electricity after the signing of Indus Water treaty due to which it has lost claim on storing the water of Chenab and Indus rivers. Former CM said that this injustice to the state was done by none other than former Chief Minister,Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

He said that Sheikh’s son and NC President,Farooq Abdullah,only compounded the miseries of the state after the state started losing claim on the other rights with the Centre. Asking the workers to strengthen the party,PDP patron admitted that there was some laxity in making the policies and programmes of people reach out to the people of Jammu region.

He said that PDP’s concentration in Rajouri and Poonch regions helped the party gain its vote bank,emphasizing on the workers to make people aware of the party programmes especially in the Doda and Kishtawar districts.

While we won two seats,we lost on 6 other seats by a slim margin of 200-300 votes,he said adding that in the state assembly,PDP will play a historic role while asking the Centre to talk to those who were elected in order to address the Kashmir issue at the internal level.

Sayeed said that the PDP will play a role of serious opposition and fill the vacuum which was there since the 1951 elections in the state when,“there was not a single seat on which there was a contest.”

The former Chief Minister also said that even after the gulf between Kashmir and Jammu during the Amarnath agitation people realised that the dependence of the two regions on each other was indispensable and Jammu was the nerve centre of trade.

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