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Sajad trains gun at NC, PDP

Srinagar, Dec 25: Peoples’ Conference Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday said that the two regional political parties, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, had played a “devious, negative” role in “disempowering” the people of the state.

Addressing a workers’ convention at Handwara, Sajad alleged that the two parties “sidelined grassroots democratic institutions and centralized power within two dynastic cores which have drowned the State in misgovernance, nepotism and corruption.”

He, as per the PC spokesperson, sought effective, drastic reformative measures from the Governor’s administration and the Central Government to empower Panchayat and Urban Body elected representatives in the state.

Dozens of elected Panchs and Sarpanchs from the region participated in the convention, the spokesperson said.

The PC Chairman also reiterated the party’s “commitment to issue a white paper on the erosion of the State’s special autonomous status and said the white paper would list, with details, the complicity of the National Conference and the PDP founders in the erosion of Article 370.”

“We will also come out with a white paper on massive loot, plunder and corruption in the State pioneered by the twin dynasties who have amassed thousands of crores in unearned wealth by robbing the State of funds and through kickbacks at the cost of effective development in Jammu and Kashmir,” the PC Chairman added.

He said that Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were “both born with silver spoons in their mouths and have left no stone unturned to further plunder the State and deprive its young of opportunities to dream of a bright future.”

“Their alliance is an inglorious chapter of desperation that has come to fore as a befitting tribute to the destructive role played by these two dynasties in the State – of fueling alienation in Kashmir through stentorian rhetoric and slogans while shamelessly furthering their own economic interests by pretending to be nationalists in Delhi,” he added.

The PC Chairman alleged that NC and PDP had left “no stone unturned, during their successive tenures, to disempower and sideline elected grassroots democratic institutions.”

“Both twin dynasties of the NC-PDP alliance have always been paranoid about decentralization of power to the grassroots institutions. Left to the two families, they would prefer to even centralize the powers of legislators and Ministers within the four walls of their palaces on Gupkar Road,” he said.