SRINAGAR: National Conference on Sunday accused Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of lowering the stature of chief minister’s chair.
In a statement, NC spokesman Junaid Mattu, while expressing “disappointment and amusement” at various cabinet ministers openly overruling chief minister, said such incidents exposed Mufti Sayeed’s and PDP’s complete sell-out to the BJP for the sole aim of clinging to the CM’s chair at any cost.
Mattu said that the most recent in the spate of such incidents was when health minister Lal Singh on Saturday overruled chief minister’s standing instructions of relocating gynecological ward of the GB Pant children’s hospital.
“Rather than trying to validate even ten percent of PDP’s pre-election rhetoric and chest-thumping, Mufti Sayeed has become a willing puppet in the hands of the BJP just as long as he gets to remain in power,” he said.
“This indictment is not only a curtain-raiser on the inherent political DNA of the PDP but is also a stark reminder of PDP’s betrayal with the people of J&K viz-a-viz its alliance with the BJP. Never before has the stature and authority of the chief minister’s office been discredited in such a brazen manner by none other than a cabinet minister who head important departments,” the NC spokesman said.
Mattu said that during his tour to the GB Pant hospital, Mufti Sayeed gave official instructions to shift the gynecological ward from the hospital.
“Following this, written orders were issued by the health and medical education department to the Government Medical College, Srinagar to ensure implementation of the directive issued by the chief minister. The very next day Mufti’s health minister visited the hospital on Saturday and overturned the directives,” he said.
The NC spokesman said that “such belittling” of the chief minister’s office was unprecedented.
“When the chief minister does not have the confidence and respect from his own Cabinet, how can he even attempt to guide this state and its administration?” Mattu questioned in the statement issued from NC Headquarters in Srinagar.
The NC spokesman said this was not an isolated incident but there had been many such incidents where cabinet minister had overruled the chief minister of the state.
“We witnessed how the deputy chief minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh overturned several transfer orders that were authorized by the CM. Then we went on to see how the minister for urban development said there was no need to compensate the state for the September floods more than a paltry amount of 3,000 odd crores which the Minister had termed as ‘adequate’. Then there is the ongoing slew of contradictions between cabinet ministers in the Mufti cabinet about the selective eviction of Muslims from forest areas in Jammu,” he said.
“Cabinet ministers are openly trivializing the authority and sanctity of the chief minister’s office and PDP’s apologetic silence on this is extremely tragic,” the NC spokesman said.
While lashing out at PDP for lowering the stature, authority and sanctity of the chief minister’s post, the NC spokesman said this “complete surrender” was in stark contrast to PDP’s moralistic rhetoric ahead of the assembly elections.
“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has bartered the constitutional authority of the chief minister’s office for a bargain of remaining in power. This surrender will have far-reaching adverse implications for the state and will put a big question mark on the credibility of public institutions including the CM office,” the NC spokesman said.