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NC has degenerated institutions for 'nefarious' designs: Mufti Sayeed.

People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has alleged that the coalition government, headed by the National Conference (NC), has "brazenly trampled all institutions to accomplish its nefarious designs".

india Updated: Nov 24, 2013 19:36 IST
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People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has alleged that the coalition government, headed by the National Conference (NC), has "brazenly trampled all institutions to accomplish its nefarious designs".

"Meritorious and deserving people of the state are the worst victims of the erosion of the sanctity of institutions in Jammu and Kashmir," alleged Mufti while addressing a function to welcome activists from other backward classes (OBCs), who joined the PDP under the leadership of Madan Lal Chalotra on Sunday.

The PDP patron said the recent scam in the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), which established the sale of question papers of the Common Entrance Test (CET), pointed to the "degeneration of institutions".

"How will the poor, deserving and meritorious students get justice when the sanctity of institutions like BOPEE is also being eroded and illegal means are being adopted to accommodate undeserving candidates?" the former chief minister said, adding that the person reported to be the main accused in the scam was being given "extension after extension" by the present regime.

The state crime branch had unearthed a scam following complaints about the selections made in 2012, with "poor" students topping the entrance examinations. A case was registered in this regard, and on Saturday, the crime branch arrested Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Exams (JKBOPEE) at that time.

"In the last five years, all institutions have been systematically bulldozed by this regime just to fulfil its own evil designs," Mufti alleged, adding that the Congress was "equally responsible" for depriving the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their legitimate democratic rights.

'Rahul Gandhi not serious about empowering panchayats'
Alleging that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was "not serious" about empowering panchayati raj institutions in the state, Mufti said had the party been serious about the issue, it would have taken it up in the Cabinet and the coordination committee of the National Conference and the Congress. "The failure of the government to strengthen panchayati raj institutions is a clear indication that the Congress leaders were giving statements only for public consumption, and they were not serious about strengthening democracy at the grassroots level," said the PDP patron. He said this in reference to Gandhi's statement that the 73rd and 74th Amendments would be implemented to strengthen panchayats and local bodies, during his visit to the state this month. "The National Conference is notorious for undermining the sanctity of democratic institutions in the state, but it is very unfortunate that the Congress is also playing a dubious role," he added.