Srinagar: Former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Omar Abdullah on Friday blasted the PDP-BJP government, calling it directionless and visionless.
Directly addressing chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in the state assembly, Omar delivered a scathing 45-minute speech in which he mocked the flip-flop of her initial reluctance to form the government and subsequently hastening to jump the gun. He spoke of Mehbooba’s pre-election speeches to rally her cadre to keep the BJP away, and then betraying that cadre by teaming up with the same party.
Speaking during the motion of thanks on the governor’s address, Omar said, “There is nothing new in the governor’s address that will make us believe of a new direction and vision. How can the alliance have any direction or vision when it was forged out of compulsion?”
He invoked Mehbooba’s pre-election speeches to make a point how she would rally her cadres to keep the BJP away by voting for her party but later forged the alliance with the same party. “During elections, you told people if BJP is to be kept away then vote for the PDP because ‘NC tau puraney paapi hai,’” he said, referring to Mehbooba’s video during an election rally.
Mehbooba’s predecessor in the CM’s chair lambasted the government for its inept and inadequate relief and rehabilitation measures for the 2014 flood victims, and for doing nothing about AFSPA and dialogue with pro-freedom groups.
He said the government had been formed only to curry favour with the BJP.
“If you wanted ashirvaad from the prime minister then why did you wait for two months? It could have been received on day one also,” he said.
He referred to Mehbooba’s speech after her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s demise where she had said that she would prefer to go alone instead of burning her fingers for nothing.
“Aap ne tau purani tankha pe hi kaam kiya,” he said.
The National Conference chief picked up simmering issues like Sainik Colony, NEET, industrial policy, and NFSA to target the government.
“We don’t need ghettos and cantonment-like townships for migrants. When the migrants will live under security behind walled colonies, then what is the fun of bringing them back?” he said.
“NEET is an attack on Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. You could not defend the case in Supreme court in spite of the fact that education is a state subject,” he said adding the local student’s and police got disgraced at National Institute of Technology.
Omar asked the CM, who is also in charge of the home department, to come clean on the Handwara minor girl’s case and the subsequent killing of five civilians in army and police firing. “You can’t hide behind your spokesman who has not been elected to the House. Aapka SP zaleel hua and you are the home minister. Either that girl or the police is lying,” he said.
The Handwara girl had blamed Superintendent of Police Handwara Ghulam Jeelani for shooting the video in which she was shown as exonerating the army soldier. Barring macdamisation, nothing was visible during the PDP-BJP government’s first innings, he said.
“Where is the development? You had assured that government of India will be pumping money into J&K. Where is that? You got 80,000 crores. Where is that money, please distribute that among us, we also need that,” he added.
Omar advised the CM to stop the forces trying to divide Jammu and Kashmir and instead focus on development while referring to threatening remarks of forest minister Lal Singh to Gujjars in Jammu. He mocked the PDP slogan ‘Goli se nahi, baat banegi boli se’ saying, “Boli kis se jab aap unko (pro-freedom leaders) ko andar hi rakhte hain.”
“Unfortunately, you are powerless. The prime minister snubbed you during his rally here when he said he doesn’t need suggestion from anyone on India-Pakistan relations. You have no role in his Pakistan visit,” Omar said, drawing applause from the Opposition benches.
Cornering the government’s the alliance document, he said the PDP parliament member was told that government of India has no proposal to revoke AFSPA in the state. Similarly, the power minister Piyush Goyal aversion to return of the NHPC-run power projects is clear.
“What happened to Agenda for Alliance? Land has been identified for AIIMS in Jammu but not in Kashmir,” he said.