PDP to give space and time to Omar to deliver
A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah laid out agenda for his coalition government for the next six years, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti promises to give " reasonable space and time " to the new government to deliver, reports Arun Joshi.india Updated: Jan 10, 2009 18:55 IST
A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah laid out agenda for his coalition government for the next six years, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday promised to give " reasonable space and time " to the new government to deliver .Mehbooba Mufti whose party has 21 MLAs in the House of 87 in the spirit of democratic dignity of playing a role of " responsible and constructive opposition" said without indulging in the politics of criticism for the sake of criticism, PDP would give reasonable space and time to the new dispensation to deliver on its commitments made during the electioneering.She was addressing a rally in her constituency Wachi in Shopian district in south Kashmir , where she visited on Saturday on a thanks-giving tour. Her party has ruled the state in alliance with Congress for more than five and a half years before the Amarnath land row broke out and it walked out of the Congress led coalition government after serving a due ultimatum to the Ghulam Nabi Azad government while seeking cancellation of the land allotment order.
Chief Minister on Friday had sought time to deliver on the agenda of the National Conference – Congress coalition government- making it clear that the two parties were the " post poll allies" and not the "pre-poll allies" and had also sought cooperation and offered accountability before the opposition . And he had also made it clear that he believed in action and not in the " long winding speeches and political sloganeering," a soft dig at one of his predecessors.
Catching him on his assertions and promise, Mehbooba who has entered the Assembly for a third time since 1996 and played the role of opposition to the governments of Farooq Abdullah and also to a great extent to his father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad all these years , declared that she and her party would continue to articulate the aspirations of the people. "We expect the new Government, to start with, deliver on its promise of releasing all the political detenues, providing jobs to atleast two lakh unemployed youth immediately, announce stipend for the educated unemployed youth, bring down the required educational qualification for the recruitment of constables in police to middle pass, giving Scheduled Tribe status to the Pahari speaking people, slashing electricity tariff, subsidize LPG and rations, implement 6th Pay Commission recommendations, increase the retirement age of the State government employees to 60 and hike the monthly pension of the widows,orphans and destitute," she said.