Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday accused opposition Peoples Democratic Party of indulging in “deceit”, and alleged that it was “deriving sadistic pleasure from festering wounds of the people”.
“PDP has stung every section of the society. It is deriving sadistic pleasure from festering wounds of people as it is indulging in deceit and shedding crocodile tears to flourish its political enterprise,” Abdullah said addressing a gathering of National Conference’s Minority Cell here.
He referred to PDP’s negative and deceitful role on creating facilities for the displaced people in Jammu and recalled the “strange logic” put forth by its leader Mehbooba Mufti during a conference presided over by the Prime Minister.
He said the PDP president disapproved of creating facilities for the camp dwellers by stating that if humane conditions were made available in migrant camps, the people residing there will find themselves in comfort zone and show disinclination towards returning back.
“Such a sadistic approach reflects PDP’s mindset towards the people whom they want only to suffer so that their political enterprise keeps running,” he said, adding that this is how they were selling the miseries of people, be in Kashmir or elsewhere.
He said his government is pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to create conducive situation in the Valley for dignified and safe return of Kashmiri Pandits, alongside improving living conditions in camps till their return.
The CM referred to the Temples and Shrines Bill and said when the Assembly was discussing this crucial legislation, a situation was created wherein several parties joined together and opposed it tooth and nail. They were joined by those pretending to be the well wishers of the Kashmiri Pandit community, he added.
“You have seen for yourself how the parties joined against this bill,” he said. Identifying himself with the community, the Chief Minister said he was not ignorant about their deep yearning for returning back to their homes and hearths when the situation becomes conducive for it.
He said his government is working towards creating a situation wherein they will feel immense sense of security and decide to move back. “Till that time, we will do everything possible to ensure that the displaced people get all the facilities necessary for leading a dignified life.”
Omar also referred to initiatives already taken for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits under Prime Minister’s package which, inter alia, involves jobs for migrant youths.
The CM cautioned Kashmiri Pandits against machinations of those missing no opportunity in exploiting their delicate sentiments for deriving political mileage.
In this context, he referred to tacit silence maintained by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, without naming him, during his recent visit to Jammu.
“He had all the time to name my family members but no word for Kashmiri Pandits,” he said, adding that it has been a trait of political chameleons to take no time in changing colours.
Referring to upcoming elections, Omar hoped that the people will make a conscious use of their vote. “You have to make a choice between those who sincerely want to solve your problems and those who use every opportunity in exploiting your conditions,” he said.
Abdullah also referred to the efforts made by his government in bringing cheer into the lives of people displaced from their homes and hearths.
He said while concerted efforts were being made for mitigating their problems, the governmental agencies concerned were in the process of doing all that possible to make the camps better places to live, in terms of infrastructural facilities and other services.