SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) on Mondaysaid PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti, cannot escape the responsibility for party’s “sell-out” to BJP and its “complete failure” in its 10-month tenure.
In a statement issued here, NC spokesperson, Syed Ruhullah and party’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani said, “Since Mehbooba Mufti had now publicly accepted that the people of J&K did not benefit from the PDP-BJP government, she is answerable as to who benefitted from this alliance.”
“Mehbooba Mufti played a frontal role in forging PDP’s alliance with the BJP and led a party delegation to meet BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi where the first formal indications of the nexus were made public. Her remarks today contradict her deeds yesterday,” they said.
They said while PDP president makes “passionate and allegedly emotional speeches” in Kashmir, two senior PDP leaders are busy lobbying for government formation with BJP in New Delhi. “This plan, to run with the hares while hunting with the hounds, will not succeed this time as PDP stands exposed for its u-turns and sell outs.” The NC leaders said Mehbooba’s “deafening” silence on the burning NFSA issue in the state was contemptuous to people and “revealed her deep disconnect with ground realities”.
“Rather than gathering the courage to call spade a spade and admit the complete failure of her party to fulfill its promises, Mehbooba Mufti is trying to divert attention through rhetoric and fallacies. What happened to her erstwhile demand for the revocation of AFSPA and the opening of additional trade routes along the Line of Control? Today the state stands at such a juncture where people are marching towards the LoC to demand access to the other side to get ration. The whole state is reeling under the debilitating implications of the PDP-BJP government’s policies,” the NC leaders said.
“Mehbooba Mufti should come clean on what she has demanded from the central government as a prerequisite for yet another ‘sell-out’. This is important so that the people of J&K know what has been achieved otherwise she will try and take credit for anything that is done in the routine scheme of things to justify her continued alliance with the BJP.”
They said on one hand Mehbooba has repeatedly said that PDP has sought CBMs from the central government while as on other side, senior PDP leaders including Muzaffar Baig have said no such CBMs have been demanded.