Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Thursday termed “the PDP-BJP government’s move” to seek postponement of the by-election for the Anantnag Assembly Segment as chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s “loud and clear admission of failure”.
He said the she was “evidently terrified” of facing the people.
“In seeking the postponement of the election for the Anantnag Assembly constituency, Mehbooba Mufti has shown that she has panicked and is hiding behind the Election Commission,” Omar said in a statement issued here.
He said “this desperate and evasive” move shows “how badly the chief minister is governing the state and is a formal admission of defeat by the PDP-BJP alliance”.
“Fearing rejection by the people, the Chief Minister has evaded the very first formal referendum on the PDP-BJP Alliance and that’s a very significant development,” he said.
The National Conference working president said Mehbooba was trying to escape the consequences of “PDP’s sellouts” and “political surrenders” under the “fig-leaf of an allegedly non-conducive situation”.
“When the Chief Minister of a state is petrified of failing to seek an electoral validation to continue in her chair, the very credibility, mandate and writ of the government become questionable. Knowing well that her party is facing a complete rout at the grassroots level, Mehbooba has chosen to run away from her very first test and that’s tragic,” he said.
Omar said the people of J&K have rejected the PDP-BJP “alliance of convenience”.
“Mehbooba’s spectacular U-turn on seeking Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) from the Government of India has catalyzed PDP’s political obliteration. If she is so scared of facing the people, with what credibility and confidence will she rule the state?” he said.