Mehbooba trains guns at Indian media

Says ‘unkept promises’ responsible for all woes

ANANTNAG: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday accused the ‘national’ media of creating hatred among the people of India against the Kashmiris.
“If ten children come on to roads covering their faces and pelt stones, the national TV channels show it every day. If somebody carries a flag, they show it every day. But they have no interest in giving coverage to the feats of the Kashmiri boys and girls in different fields,” Mehbooba said at a public meeting after the inauguration of a medical college at Dialgam village in Anantnag.Three medical college campuses were inaugurated at Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri on Sunday.
Pointing towards Indian health minister J P Nadda, Mehbooba said, “Nadda Ji, do you know a 23-year old boy from Mattan area has secured second position in IAS, an orphan girl from Hutmurra has been offered scholarship by London college for her art. Do you know a girl from Baramulla has become the youngest pilot of the country? But electronic media in Delhi has no interest in these things. Because they know if they talk about these things they won’t get a chance to abuse Kashmiris,” Mehbooba said.
She said these channels debate, discuss and showcase particular set of people to create hatred in the country against Kashmiris. “Does anyone from the gathering look what we see on television,” she asked the union minister.
Chief minister said that leaderships in both the center and state so far have only lied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Since 1947 all the leadership, at the center and state, did not tell the truth to the people of Kashmir. Leaders showed them different dreams at different times.
She said that following 2014 elections, they framed an agenda of alliance keeping in consideration the dignity, interests and aspirations of the people.
“During last three months, while we were not in power, every top leader in BJP assured of implementing the agenda of alliance. We told them AIIMS was in the agenda of alliance and the center sanctioned two, one for Kashmir and one for Jammu,” Mehbooba said.
Chief Minister told the union minister for health that the implementation of agenda of alliance in letter and spirit was the question of honor and identity of her father Mufti Syeed.
“The way you kept the promise of your department I hope other miniseries including defence, power or housing will also implement whatever is there in the agenda with them. I am no one. But it is now the question of not only the identity and honour of Mufti sahib but of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well,” Mehbooba said.
She said her father took a tough but well-thought out decision, as he saw a historic opportunity to break new ground in bringing the people from the three distinct regions of the state closer to each other. “Mufti Saab was a visionary leader. He joined hands with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, after two months of sustained discussions which resulted in the formation of the Agenda of Alliance. It is now our collective responsibility to implement it and fulfill the promises made with the people of the state,” she said, while stressing upon building a reconciliatory environment.
Describing J&K as a shining example of mutual coexistence, the Chief Minister said despite extreme provocations, Hindus and Muslims have exhibited great maturity and lived in complete harmony. She said J&K’s strong foundation has helped us in frustrating attempts at undermining its secular fabric.
Congratulating the people on setting up of five new medical colleges and two AIIMS in the State, she hoped that these will be completed within the stipulated time-frames. She also mentioned her father’s earlier stint as Chief Minister when he hoped that the new campuses established during his tenure would lead to setting up of medical colleges. Today, she said his vision has been fulfilled.
The Chief Minister said it is the duty of the State Health Department now to follow up so that funds from the Centre are accessed for kick-starting work on various projects taken up under different schemes. She also highlighted the hardships faced by the people, especially in far-flung and remote areas of the state, and hoped that with liberal financial assistance the healthcare infrastructure will be further upgraded.
Describing the coalition government as a strong political combination, health minister JP Nadda said the setting up of five new medical colleges in the state as well as two AIIMS will prove to be a turning point in the state’s healthcare sector. “We have received the proposal for setting up two AIIMS in J&K for which land has been identified at Awantipora in Kashmir and Vijaypur in Jammu,” he said, while urging the State government to forward other proposals related to health services sector so that requisite sanctions are conveyed without further delay.
Meanwhile, Nadda authorised the chief minister to name the medical college. “Whatever the state government names the medical college we are here to support them,” Nadda told the people after they demanded that the college be named after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“It is the job of the chief minister to name the college,” Nadda to the gathering.
Earlier PDP leader and public works minister, A R Veeri had suggested the college be named after Mufti Sayeed. He had requested the union health minister to announce the name.