• Mehbooba owes apology to people
• Questions GoI for ordering probe against Shah Faesal
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah Wednesday accused PDP-BJP alliance of pushing the State into turmoil and reiterated demand for dissolution of State Assembly to end political uncertainty in the State.
Omar chaired NC’s Legislative Party Meeting at party headquarters, here. The meeting was attended by MLAs and MLCs from the party.
Addressing the meeting, Omar said the PDP-BJP alliance had left the State brutalized and stoked unprecedented alienation, especially among the youth.
“The PDP-BJP alliance pushed J&K into the throes of turmoil and uncertainty and the rank opportunism that formed the basis of their politics has not only alienated the people but also created chasms between the three regions of the State. We have witnessed rampant persecution, injustices and widespread corruption while this alliance was at the helm of power”, he said.
“The shamelessness and lack of perspective is evidenced by the how Mehbooba Mufti, in a scripted TV interview to a private channel from Delhi, had all the time to remember the imaginary failures of her predecessors but had no words of sympathy for the people of the State and failed to acknowledge how much her Government and that of Late Mufti Sayeed brutalized and persecuted the people over the past more than three years. Mehbooba owes the people of J&K an apology and this apology needs to be delivered without hiding behind smokescreens and the victim-hood of being removed from power. People of J&K are the only victims here and Mehbooba owes them an unconditional apology,” Omar said.
The NC vice president said Mehbooba’s arrogance had driven her own leaders away and this was another indication of her contempt towards the mandate of 2014 and also her refusal to respect the sentiments of the people at large.
“Mehbooba has lost the faith of her own leaders due to her arrogance and flawed policies. It was none other than her own brother and former Tourism Minister who said PDP and BJP were ‘partners in crime’. In order to become the CM and to enjoy the spoils of power, Mehbooba ended up bartering the interests of the State to the highest bidders while ridiculously reserving the right to criticize her own alliance partner simultaneously. This policy of running with the hare, while hunting with the hound has no takers and the people of the State have realized the scale and extent of PDP’s deceit and betrayal”, he said.
Reiterating the demand for the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly, Omar said the party believes this was a necessary requirement to end the ongoing phase of uncertainty and speculations that are adding to the sense of cynicism among the people.
“We have and will continue to demand for the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly. The situation in the State at present is not conducive for the conduct of elections and the Governor’s administration should take all possible steps to restore normalcy and a sense of security in the people before a democratic exercise can take place. The continued loss of precious lives is unacceptable and a matter of grave concern and all possible steps should be taken to prevent any further loss of lives. The youth of the State are being pushed further away due to the failure to prevent civilian killings and this remains a matter of concern and alarm”, he said.
“From seeking votes to stop the BJP from coming to power to embracing the BJP to become the Chief Minister, Mehbooba has betrayed her own promises and is responsible for the atmosphere of hopelessness and cynicism that has engulfed our youth and is pushing them away from the mainstream. She surrendered the State’s powers to New Delhi in order to remain in power and the consequences of these surrenders are irrevocable and have disempowered J&K,” added Omar.
Later, speaking to media, Omar said people were expecting relief in Governor’s rule but the killing of civilians have not stopped.
He demanded that the SOPs should be designed in a way that no civilian killings take place during the protests amid encounters.
Referring to government ordering action against Shah Faesal, Omar questioned the intent of the Government of India (GoI) in ordering inquiry against the IAS officer saying questioning Faesal's integrity and honesty was disturbing.
He said they don't order inquiry against a minster for garlanding the murder convicts. “Neither do they order inquiry against those, who through their tweet spit venom and try to stoke communal passion.”