NC had made J-K a begging bowl: PDP

Srinagar: Accusing ruling National Conference of making Jammu and Kashmir a "begging bowl", opposition People`s Democratic Party on Friday said it will use democratic means to highlight the "bitter truth about Kashmir under the present coalition".

"PDP will use all permissible democratic means like any other political party to continue to hold public demonstrations, street protests and awareness campaigns to highlight the bitter truth about Kashmir under the present coalition," PDP General Secretary Showkat Gayoor said in a statement here.

He said his party would continue to utilise the democratic space to channelise the aspirations of the people and highlight their problems.

"It is because of National Conference and its anti people policies that we are facing acute problem of electricity forcing our state to become a begging bowl," he said.

He said the government must understand that by trying to silence demands and voices of dissent through "force and draconian methods", it was pushing the state into a "dangerous position".

"Under the present scenario, the ruling party is in no position to demand reduction of troops or revocation of AFSPA as it is completely dependant on official repression for its survival," he said.

He said even after the visit of the all party parliamentary delegation to the state last year and announcement of eight-point agenda by centre, the state government had not taken a single step towards rebuilding confidence of the people in country?s democr atic system or creating conditions for their participation in the resolution process.

Strongly opposing the government policy, the PDP leader asked the National Conference to be a part of solution rather than becoming an "impediment and part of problem by unleashing terror on people, arresting innocents, denying civil liberties and pushing the state into another cycle of disturbances."