SRINAGAR: National Conference and Congress on Tuesday questioned the secrecy maintained by PDP in its reunion with BJP, and asked the major partner of the coalition to announce what confidence building measures (CBMs) has New Delhi agreed upon.
National Conference asked PDP and the Prime Minister’s Office to come clean on what demands were made by Mehbooba Mufti as a pre-requisite for government formation and what concessions, if any, were granted by New Delhi.
NC general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar, said PDP was answerable to people of the state and she must “justify its (PDP’s) imminent surrender after two-and-a-half months of steep posturing and refusal to form the government with its alliance partner”.
“This State was pushed into a phase of political uncertainty and chaos as PDP not only refused to form the government with its alliance partner but also refused to divulge what demands, if any, it had asked of the central government. PDP President Mehbooba Mufti has publicly stated that she won’t be able to form the government unless and until the central government takes some confidence building initiatives in the state.
“Today, PDP is set to form government with BJP without any visible confidence building measures having been demanded or announced publicly. What was the reason for the two-and-a-half-month delay then?” Sagar asked in a statement issued here.
The National Conference general secretary asked if PDP had “surrendered” on its demand for the return of power projects or the revocation of AFSPA.
PDP, he said, had promised that New Delhi would open up additional trade and travel routes across the Line of Control, that they would ensure New Delhi engages with the Hurriyat leadership, and that BJP would give up on their long-standing demand to abrogate Article 370.
“What happened to PDP’s commitment to uphold these promises in the previous years when BJP openly and categorically refused to fulfil a single promise? Today, another meek political surrender by the PDP would be a validation by Mehbooba Mufti of how BJP has treated PDP’s political promises with contempt,” Sagar said.
Congress hit out at PDP, calling the delay in government formation in J-K an attempt by the party to “test waters” in the Valley, and asked Mehbooba Mufti to clarify what “new” confidence building measures (CBM) have been agreed upon between PDP and BJP.
“It was all a drama enacted by PDP over the issue of confidence building measures as a condition before BJP, to be taken ahead of government formation. It was aimed to test waters in Kashmir Valley where they have lost their ground,” J&K Congress Chief G A Mir said.
He asked PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to clarify the confidence building measures which have been agreed upon with BJP, over which she had delayed government formation in Jammu and Kashmir for over two months.
“She (Mehbooba Mufti) was instrumental in imposition of Governor’s rule, she owes an explanation to the people of the state as to what new things she has been granted by the BJP-led central government over which she delayed the government formation for two-and-a-half months,” he said.
The JKCC leader said that the new government to be formed would be “no different” from the one under Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and the only change will be in chief ministership.
“BJP has already cleared its stand that PDP will have the chief minister and the government will be formed as per Agenda of Alliance, what new things she has got,” Mir asked.
“We will wait and watch for her to speak on what she was promised or granted by the BJP government apart from Agenda of Alliance,” Mir said.
He said that BJP also created a drama with their statements that no fresh conditions would be accepted from PDP but ultimately they will be forming the government with PDP along with additional conditions.