Demolition drive in Dal Lake area politically motivated: PDP

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 12:00 IST

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has flayed the state government for adopting a selective approach in the ongoing demolition drive against illegal structures in and around Dal lake.

In a statement, the party's youth wing incharge Waheed ur Rehman said the National Conference-led government after having miserably failed to rehabilitate the Dal dweller outside the lake over the last five-and-half-year of it misrule is now targeting the Dal dwellers to hide its failures and incompetence.

He said the latest demolition drive in and around the Lake is brazenly politically motivated and only specific areas are being targeted by the government which is totally unacceptable.

Waheed said till now the ruling party has been using the Dal dwellers for its vote bank politics and when it feels that it has lost the ground the NC is resorting to political vendetta.

Condemning the use of brute force against the agitators, Waheed said instead of listening to their grievances and making serious efforts for their rehabilitation, the ruling government is again making it clear that it has nothing to offer to the people except pain.

He said though it was necessary to discourage illegal constructions and remove the encroachments to restore the Lake to its pristine glory, the people living out there need to be decently rehabilitated first.

Waheed said the PDP is having a comprehensive plan to safeguard the interests of not only the Dal dwellers, but it will be party's priority to restore the grandeur and glory of the Lake in its future scheme of things.

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