Srinagar: Describing Mehbooba Mufti’s three-month delay for government formation as “theatrical posturing”, former chief minister and Opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have a right to know what PDP got from New Delhi.
He said that Mehbooba rushed in to form the government because BJP was ready to go with a split group of 20 PDP legislators. “A Chief Minister perpetually suspicious of her colleagues and apprehensive about a coup within the party cannot do justice with the institution of the Chief Minister’s Office,” he said.
Omar asked Mehbooba to explain the details of her meeting with Prime Minister Modi. “Mehbooba Mufti needs to come clean on her meeting with the Prime Minister and what transpired between the two over the so-called confidence building measures that PDP alleged to have sought from the Central Government but a request the BJP denies having received at all,” Omar Abdullah said while addressing workers rally at Kalakote on Tuesday.
A party spokesman said in a statement that the former chief minister posed several direct questions to the incumbent chief minister saying she will have to explain to the people what PDP got from the Centre or the Prime Minister after three-month dilly dallying in forming the government. “She (Mehbooba) needs to respond to the statement of BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav also who is on record having stated that Mehbooba Mufti didn’t ask for anything from the Prime Minister except his blessings,” he added.
Omar Abdullah said Mehbooba Mufti was in fact asked either to form the government or else leave the turf, as BJP was determined to form the government with 20 PDP MLAs who were ready to choose another leader for the PDP legislature party. “This caused panic in the Mufti camp which feared dismemberment of PDP chose to form the government out of fear and based on a deep sense of insecurity,” he said.
The former chief minister said those working under duress or fear cannot serve the people, nor can they protect their political interests.
Omar Abdullah described the ten-month rule of the PDP-BJP alliance as a complete and total failure on all fronts, saying this was even publicly admitted by Ms. Mufti when she expressed dismay over the implementation of the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’. He appreciated the honest admission of Ms Mufti and said had the first spell of the present coalition succeeded in achieving a single noteworthy milestone on governance or developmental fronts, he would have been the first one to congratulate them.
“The previous PDP-BJP Government failed to take up a single new project for implementation and even those projects that were initiated during National Conference-Congress led government were put to back burner. He particularly made a reference to Kishtwar power project, which had been conceived with the larger aim of steering Jammu and Kashmir to self-reliance in power sector and said due to lack of vision of the PDP-BJP coalition the executing agency was forced to pack up and leave.
Elaborating on the failures of PDP-BJP Government during its ten month tenure, he said from villages to towns and towns to cities and the State as a whole didn’t witness any sort of development. He said the people were subjected to mis-governance and their miseries continued to get accumulated without anyone paying heed.
On the contrary, Omar Abdullah said the three months of Governor’s Rule witnessed wheels of the government moving. Not only the held up decisions were taken and implemented, the Governor took effective measures in disbursing flood relief, dismissing absentee doctors, regularising daily wagers and streamlining various services, among other things.