Srinagar: Commenting on the JK government’s statement on the meeting of Mehbooba Mufti with Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah said that what mattered was the statement of the prime minister’s office, which has not come yet, not that of the chief minister’s.
“What she (Mehbooba) said is immaterial. What matters is what the PM said. That’s the only part of this meeting that matters,” Omar tweeted.
The JK government’s statement issued on Friday said that the prime minister had responded positively to the concerns raised by the chief minister. It also stated that the prime minister assured the chief minister that the “Agenda of Alliance” agreed upon between PDP and BJP should form the basis of any discussion on the state.
Casting doubts over this official statement, Omar tweeted, “If every assurance @MehboobaMufti claimed to have received had been fulfilled, J&K would be largely trouble-free today.”
Omar stated that his party, the National Conference, no longer believes in what Mehbooba says after she comes out of such meetings. He asked the prime minister’s office to explain what assurances Mehbooba was referring to.
“Excuse us if we no longer believe what @MehboobaMufti says after she comes out from these meetings. Can @PMOIndia explain ‘assurances’ pls?” he wrote on his Twitter handle.
He also asked the BJP to issue a statement to substantiate the claims of the chief minister. “Dear @BJP4India in light of the assurances given by @PMOIndia to @MehboobaMufti when are you issuing a statement in support of 35-A?” he wrote.
Omar’s party issued a separate statement on Friday, saying that previous claims made by Mehbooba Mufti about similar “assurances” had all proved to be lies.
“What assurance did Mehbooba Mufti manage to get from the Prime Minister? Did the Prime Minister assure Mehbooba Mufti that the Central Government no longer desires a “larger debate” on Article 35A’s validity – as was asserted by the Attorney General of India in the Hon’ble Supreme Court? Did the Prime Minister assure Mehbooba Mufti that the Government of India through the Attorney General would now file a written affidavit counter-response to the PIL against Article 35A? Did the Prime Minister assure Mehbooba Mufti that BJP would stop officially terming Article 35A as ‘unconstitutional’ – as their senior functionaries and spokespersons have been doing in seminars and while speaking to the media? Did Mehbooba Mufti get an assurance from the Prime Minister that BJP would respect the state’s special status and withdraw from its longstanding ideological position that demands the abrogation of Article 370? These are the questions that Mehbooba Mufti has to answer!” the NC spokesperson said in his statement.
“Since two years we kept asking PDP to wake up from its power-induced slumber and realise how it was risking the future of the state because of its own self-seeking interests,” the NC spokesperson added.