Assembly Session: Opposition may run short of ideas to corner PDP

Assembly Session: Opposition may run short of ideas to corner PDP

Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Jan 2: Opposition may run short of ideas to corner the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Legislative Assembly as the PDP has been able to keep situation under control in Kashmir in 2017.
Sources told Precious Kashmir that opposition National Conference and Congress are looking for the issues which these parties can highlight in the ongoing assembly session but there are not many matters which these parties can drag on.
“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti keeping a close watch on the developments in 2017 and reaching out to the people has even silenced her critics. The mass outreach programme launched by the Chief Minister evoked a massive response and filled in the void which had been created due to politicians not reaching out to their constituencies ,” said a PDP leader.
He said that granting amnesty to more than 5500 youth and government’s decision to regularize around 60,000 daily wagers have come as a big relief for the youth and the daily rated workers. “Opposition parties should allow the House to function smoothly rather than raising non-issues. This session can be utilized for addressing the genuine grievances of people,” the PDP leader added.
He said, “The government has asked the Police and other security agencies to ensure that local militants are motivated to give up their arms and to avoid killings. Many local youth have surrendered and Healing Touch policy is paying the dividends. Our government during the past one year has left no stone unturned to ensure that people get the much needed respite.”
Another PDP leader said, “Leaders of the opposition parties need to bear in mind that if they keep on disrupting the assembly session it would be a loss for people and nothing would be achieved by causing disruptions. They should cooperate with the treasury benches so that fruitful discussions are held to mitigate the woes of the common masses.”
He said, “On the very first day of the assembly, opposition leaders disrupted the Governor’s address and tried to create a pandemonium in the House. It’s not good for democracy.”
The PDP leader said, “Opposition parties know it very well that they don’t have any issues. They should acknowledge this fact. On law and order front Kashmir has remained calm this year and there has been a considerable decline in stone-pelting incidents and street protests.”
He said, “Leaders of opposition parties also know it very well that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has led from the front and has ensured that others follow her footsteps. They need to change their mindset and acknowledge the good work done by the PDP led government in the state.”

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