Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Monday said Mehbooba Mufti was trying to rebuild her damaged image by trying to prove that late Mufti Sayeed was “power hungry and incapable of standing up to BJP’s violations of the agenda of the alliance” between two parties.
NC Spokesperson Junaid Mattu in a statement termed the current posturing of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “political melodrama” over government formation in the state.
“Mehbooba Ji is trying to rebuild her damaged image by destroying the last vestiges of her late father’s reputation and legacy. Everyone knows Mehbooba Mufti helped forge the PDP-BJP Alliance and was an active part of this marriage of convenience between the two parties. The current posturing is just another chapter in PDP’s political melodrama,” said Mattu.
He said Mehbooba was neither reluctant to take over as the Chief Minister nor was she driven by any alleged ideological convictions.
“Mehbooba Ji was not only the Party President but also the representative of PDP who addressed a joint Press Conference with BJP President Amit Shah in Delhi and gave the first formal indications of the PDP-BJP alliance.
“This presumption that the people of this State can be fooled so easily is wrong. PDP stands exposed and no amount of posturing and melodrama can rebuild Mehbooba Mufti’s image,” he added.
He alleged that the PDP had bartered the return of power projects and other issues for the CM’s chair. “… and Mehbooba Mufti never uttered a single word about these issues in the last ten months.”
“We all remember how Mehbooba Mufti remained conspicuously silent when the state government issued a circular withdrawing an earlier circular that only reiterated the constitutional sanctity of the State Flag. We remember how Mehbooba suddenly abandoned her demands for the complete revocation of AFSPA. When she was in opposition, she used to say AFSPA revocation was a decision that could be taken singularly by the chief minister of J&K. What stopped her from asking Mufti Sahab from revoking AFSPA for the past 10 months? If she had these concerns, she should have voiced them as a representative of the people in the Parliament – which is her duty. But she remained completely silent,” the NC Spokesperson further said.