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Corruption higher on AAP's agenda than Kashmir solution

india Updated: Mar 01, 2014 20:20 IST
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RTI activist-turned-Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Raja Muzaffar Bhat, who will take on National Conference (NC) patriarch Farooq Abdullah in the Srinagar constituency, said on Saturday that "settlement of Kashmir issue is not his first priority".

"We will contest election on issues faced by common man such as corruption, power shortage and unemployment," he said.

Bhat drove down in a cavalcade of cars on his return from Delhi. He was in the national capital for the announcement of his candidature from Srinagar- Farooq's turf for the past many decades.

This was Aam Admi Party's (AAP) first public appearance in the valley.

"I will not mislead the Kashmiris promising revocation of AFSPA or resolution of Kashmir-issue like other political parties for whom the issue is a mere poll plank," he added.

"With corruption on the rise, people are being looted in government offices. Even people who file RTI are beaten up," said Bhat.

Talking about his joining the AAP, Bhat said, "My friend Arvind Kejriwal told me that we will work together for a corruption-free Kashmir, like we have worked to make RTI a powerful tool in the valley."

"Corruption is the main issue here, as in spite of numerous scams ranging from drugs to cricket, the government did nothing. They are fooling people of the valley," he said.

Bhat also promised that he would work on re-negotiation of water resources and power generation in the state.

"In 2008, Omar Abdullah promised the people that he would do the same. But he failed to keep his promise," said Bhat.

"NHPC uses our water resources, but we get only 12% of energy. Rest is sold to other states," he added.

"In the upcoming election, whether we win or lose, one thing is clear that would fight for our due share of energy," he said.

He also promised generation of employment in the state.