Mehbooba must quit, says ex-interlocutor

Mehbooba must quit, says ex-interlocutor

SRINAGAR: Stating that New Delhi as well as the state government “seem clueless” on how to deal with the current situation in Kashmir, M M Ansari, a former interlocutor on Kashmir, said the state government headed by Mehbooba Mufti should step down immediately.
“It is my impression that both the centre as well as the state government seem clueless in finding a solution to the ongoing problem, which is showing no signs of ebbing.
“The PDP-BJP government, headed by Mehbooba Mufti, must step down immediately since it has not been able to meet the expectations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It has not even been able to implement the agenda for governance finalised by the alliance partners before forming the government,” Ansari, one of the three interlocutors appointed by New Delhi to in 2010 to work out a political roadmap for Jammu and Kashmir, was quoted as saying by The Sunday Express newspaper.
The report said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has involved Ansari and other former interlocutors in its bid to find a solution to the ongoing uprising in the Valley.
Ansari has said that he didn’t see the state government making way for imposition of Governor’s Rule anytime soon.
“This is an option, since the anger could subside then. But this option is unlikely as the BJP knows it won’t get another shot at governing the state. It has a vested interest in letting the government continues in office,” he said.
He said that PDP-BJP was an “unnatural alliance”, and the assembly elections in the state “led to complete polarization”.
“The BJP and PDP themselves are not committed to the alliance document. Friction between the two allies was visible even when Mufti Sayeed was alive. It has only increased now. Also, it isn’t just the people of Kashmir who are unhappy. Even the people of Jammu, who voted overwhelmingly for the BJP, are disappointed… the impression one gets is that the social fabric of the state is ruined,” said Ansari.
He wondered why the government of India was “hesitant” in engaging the people of Kashmir, including pro-freedom leadership.
“Confidence building measures are required; engagement with the local people, including separatists, should happen. Some important recommendations of earlier reports should be implemented. This is how democracies deal with such situations. They are our own people, aren’t they? However, the PM talks about Balochistan but not the unfortunate loss of so many young lives in Kashmir,” he said.

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