Srinagar: Strongly advocating the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Kashmir and placing the legislative assembly under suspended animation, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said fulfillment of these two things was unavoidable as it will bring normalcy in Kashmir.
Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Abdullah said the PDP-BJP alliance was devoid of any political agenda since its sole aim was to “attain power”. He said the so-called ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ has been torn apart by the BJP.
“As far as the PDP is concerned, they gave the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ a discreet burial when Mufti Sahab passed away,” Abdullah said in response to a question on the PDP-BJP alliance.
“The imposition of Governor’s Rule is not an ideal solution, but in the present circumstances, where the State is being pushed back to the uncertainty and turmoil of the early 90s, it is the only plausible option. This is for the first time in almost three decades that an election had to be cancelled, and we are down from a 26 percent turnout to a 7 percent turnout – thanks to this government’s policies and failure. The imposition of Governor’s Rule would calm tempers and also make the administration to be perceived as politically neutral – allowing basic governance to be restored. The state bureaucracy too is in a state of disarray and dismay owing to mishandling and unprecedented impropriety by the PDP-BJP government. Juniors are being promoted over seniors, and key departments are being run in an ad-hoc and chaotic manner. The result is a complete failure on the governance front in addition to a failure on the political front. There is no sign of development. The only sign of the government is these ribbon-cutting photo opportunities of the Chief Minister inaugurating projects of the previous government in the state,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah ruled out the possibility of a change from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to a chief minister from the BJP having any impact on the ground. He said such a step would not help normalise the situation.
“Changing horses midway won’t help. The government has become extremely unpopular and has lost the faith and support of the people as is evident with every passing day and as was seen a couple of days ago when female attendees at a government-organised event at SKICC refused to be addressed by the CM and stormed out raising slogans,” Abdullah said.
The National Conference president said the PDP-BJP alliance had failed altogether since it could not deliver on its political promises.
Abdullah further said the open-ended, unconditional and uninterruptable dialogue between India, Pakistan and the stakeholders in Kashmir was the only way forward to deal with the Kashmir issue.
“New Delhi has to talk to Pakistan and also initiate talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir without any restrictions and conditions. There is no other option. The sooner New Delhi does this the better it is for the state and the entire region. My apprehension is that the damage done would be far too much to handle and reverse by the time such a political initiative is taken. There should be no further delay,” he added.
He further expressed disappointment over the dropping of all four nominees to the High Court from Kashmir even as vacant posts were filled by nominees from Jammu.
“We have always and will always support equal rights and treatment of all the regions of the state. Discriminating against one region and favouring another region for political reasons is shameful and will further add to the sense of alienation and discrimination in Kashmir.
“The Government is playing with fire and will be responsible for further widening the already unprecedented chasm between the two regions. When you rob the people of Kashmir of due representation and a right to equality in the judiciary and elsewhere, you are the ones pushing them against the wall and leaving them with no option but to agitate and protest. There should be no discrimination. Our lawyers have rendered their services in unimaginable circumstances and risked their lives to serve the judiciary – such discrimination against them is tragic and very sad,” Abdullah said.