Ruling National Conference (NC) on Monday accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of “harbouring political animosity against the people of this historic city of Srinagar”.
“The PDP criminally neglected the developmental needs of Srinagar during its tenure. Those PDP leaders who are waxing eloquent about socio-economic change today should first and foremost clarify why they plotted to rob Srinagar of its political, cultural and economic-centrality by shifting the state’s capital from Srinagar to Parishaspora in Pattan against all planning and economic logic and rationality,” said NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu.
He said NC working president and chief minister Omar Abdullah had a comprehensive and progressive vision for the development of Srinagar “as a modern, and growing city”.
“Simultaneous, the chief minister favoured development of rural areas in fields of education, healthcare, public infrastructure, roads and buildings. Unlike PDP, NC believes in the holistic development of the state and does not favour urban areas against rural areas or vice-versa,” he alleged.
He said the NC believe in the fundamental rights of every single citizen of J&K to good governance and economic prosperity. “Our track-record in terms of governance reflects our equal treatment of all demographics, castes, regions and sub-regions of the state without any bias,” Mattu said while asking the youth activists to defeat PDP’s designs to turn people in urban and rural areas against each other for petty, short-term political interests.