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NC selling moon, stars to people: Mehbooba Mufti

HT Correspondent  Srinagar, August 17, 2014
First Published: 19:07 IST(17/8/2014) | Last Updated: 19:10 IST(17/8/2014)
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday alleged that ruling National Conference was pursuing “anti-people policies all its tenure” and in the last moment “is trying to sell moon and stars.”
 
Addressing a function to welcome political activists into the party in Srinagar, she said the rout in Lok Sabha elections has “served NC a big blow.”
 
“Ever since the elections, (chief minister) Omar Abdullah has displayed a total desperation and exposed his inability to handle defeat with grace as he in the last six years had demonstrated that good governance was neither his priority nor ability,” she said.
 
The member parliament from south Kashmir alleged it has suddenly dawned on the NC that “they could even lose power in the state later this year.”
 
“She said the NC leadership is frightened by the defeat in LS polls and the prospect of looming rout in the forthcoming assembly elections and that is why in desperation they have virtually pushed the state into virtual anarchy and chaos.”
 
Referring to the poll time populist measures of the Omar Abdullah government, the PDP chief said it is not because of any concern for the people but their fear of losing power which is now leading the ruling government to take desperate measures in the dying hours of its tenure.
 
“The state is currently facing severe financial crisis where even regular employees are not able to get salaries for months together.  Omar Abdullah has emptied treasuries even before setting a ‘life saving’ populist agenda for himself,” Mehbooba said.
 
Mehbooba said the Omar Abdullah government is now trying to “mislead the people through fake promises and deceptive announcements.”
 
She said how NC could do in six months what they have not been able to do in six years. “Stone slabs are likely to witness a sharp rise in prices as the government on its way out with disgrace is laying foundation stones of pipe dreams all around the state in its last bid to retrieve some ground” she said.
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