Reaffirming his stand that economic development cannot resolve the basic political issues confronting Jammu and Kashmir, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said dialogue between India and Pakistan was the only way to solve the issue.
The CM said that the channels of dialogue need to be kept operative so that peace and development go hand in hand and Jammu and Kashmir state become a state of peace, prosperity, and development.
He said his government would continue to carry forward the development agenda with full enthusiasm to mitigate the difficulties of people.
The chief minister was addressing a public rally at Bandipora after inaugurating Rs. 4.26-crore Kaloosa bridge over Madhumati Nallah and Rs. 20-crore mini-secretariat at Bandipora.
Taking a big dig at People's Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Omar reminded the people of the alleged deceitful tactics adopted by him to create a wedge between a brother and a sister (Farooq Abdullah and Khalida Shah) in 1983 and then a year later masterminding the desecration of temples in Bijbehara to grab power.
Omar said that when politicians like Mufti say that they are not power hungry, this should be considered a brazen lie. He also reminded the people of the unsuccessful attempts made by Mufti to win the support of National Conference MLAs during his tenure as chief minister from 2002 to 2005.
"Mufti tried his best to break the National Conference to stay in power,"Omar said, adding that union helath minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was fully aware of the attempts made by Mufti to break the National Conference and remain in power. Omar also referred to Mufti's 'reluctance' to hand over power to Azad in 2005.
The chief minister said that his party and he wanted power to resolve the political and developmental issues of Jammu and Kashmir and wipe off tears from the eyes of destitutes, poor and needy.
He said that in order to create good governance, his government had taken path-breaking and historic measures to empower people and bring administration and the government under full public scan. He referred to the legislations of Public Services Guarantee Act, Right to Information Act, Reconstitution of Accountability Commission and constitution of vigilance commission, besides establishment of empowered Panchayat Raj in the state to make people masters and give them authority to ask questions and receive public services within the fixed time frame.