Srinagar, Dec 4: Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and former deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffar Hussain Beigh has stirred the “hornet’s nest” by hitting out at his party colleagues for not “living upto the expectations” of the people.
Sources told Precious Kashmir that senior PDP leaders are unhappy with the style of functioning of their ministers and they have time and again expressed dismay over them remaining away from the grass root workers who are the “soul” of the party.
Insiders revealed that ministers and PDP leaders who attended the meeting held at Chief Minister’s residence in Jammu were not expecting Beigh to hit out at them and they were surprised when the senior leader and Member Parliament from Baramulla took them head on.
“PDP workers on many occasions have complained to the PDP top brass about ministers treating them shabbily and not paying any heed towards their genuine requests,” sources said.
They said, “This has led to entire burden falling on the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Her public outreach programme is aimed at filling the gap which has been created due to the lackadaisical attitude of the ministers. Failure of the ministers to come out of their constituencies has left Chief Minister with no other option other than to visit different areas of the state to know about the ground realities and the problems being faced by the people.”
A source said that a few PDP leaders have expressed dismay over Beigh taking them head on and exposing their failures. “They ministers have been claiming that they are doing their best to reach out to the people and are addressing their issues. However, their claims contradict the ground situation. In many areas people have been stating that they have not seen their concerned MLAs since the day PDP has come into power,” the source added.
A PDP worker who wished not to be named said, “We can’t face the people. Our promise to bring the governance at their doorstep has vanished in thin air. We have failed to reach out the people. Our repeated requests to the ministers and concerned MLAs have fallen flat as they have never paid any heed towards our pleas.”
He said, “It’s easy to meet the Chief Minister and apprise her about the difficulties being faced by us but it’s difficult to convince our ministers and MLAs to come out with us and face the people.”
It’s in place to mention here that senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh had said: “Our ministers are making loud claims but they have failed to work as a unit which is affecting the party at the grass-roots level. The public perception about our ministers is not up to the mark and you people (ministers) will have to work unitedly so as to connect with masses and deliver effectively.”