Says will ‘get something that was sold for power in past back’; left red faced on Smart Cities issue by Omar
Srinagar: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that asking Kashmiri migrant Pandits to restart their lives in their native places in the Valley is like putting pigeons among cats.
“We will set up transit accommodation for them and when the situation improves Pandits will move back to their original places and live with us,” she said.
Opposition leader Omar Abdullah had sought clarification over the proposed Pandit township in his speech on Friday, asking the government how it was possible to bring back migrants to their native places without providing them safety.
“Many of our workers migrated to Srinagar because it was unsafe in their native villages. Do we send them back? No, we don’t. If we are not ready to send our workers to their homes, how can we ask Pandits to go to their original places?” Mehbooba said.
His (political) vision was so developed that many people used to say that Mufti Sahab should have been born in America
—Mehbooba on former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
The CM dedicated her 90-minute speech explaining her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s “vision”, self-rule, agenda for alliance and the alliance with BJP.
Speaking on the governor’s vote of thanks, she skipped flood rehabilitation and internal dialogue with pro-freedom groups.
On the controversial, and simmering, Sainik Colony issue, she said “no land has been identified or no direction has been passed” over it.
“You (Omar) held three meetings and ordered for identifying land and governor also ordered for identifying land. But we have no land in Srinagar, Pulwama or Budgam,” she said.
“I am putting it to rest.”
Regarding AIIMS, she said, it would be set up in Awantipora and Samba.
She also claimed smart cities for Srinagar and Jammu has been announced “unofficially”.
But Omar intervened after Mehbooba handed him the order on the smart cities, leaving her red faced. Omar told her that the order did not mention smart cities for the state.
“You have misrepresented the House. We have not been given two smart cities. Please correct your statement. Competent authorities have put us in competition. Don’t mislead the house,” he said, while reading the order.
Mehbooba retorted: “Let me assure you. I have been unofficially told it has been announced and also funds have been issued.”
She also rejected the idea of linking NEET with Article 370, which grants special status to the state in the Indian constitution.
Mehbooba blamed Indian news channels for “dehumanising” Kashmir by reflecting only masked youth waving black or green flags.
She criticised National Conerence and Congress for not making efforts for return of the power projects even after Prime Minister’s Working Groups had recommended so.
“Insha-Allah kuch na kuch wapas hasil karke dikhayae gaen,” she told the House.
Replying to the Opposition, which has blasted the Agenda for Alliance, she said, the alliance document has not come from China or Pakistan.
“Bahut baate hote hain kya hasil kiya aur logun ko daraya jata hain on Article 370. But it is mentioned in the document that present position and special status will be maintained?” she said, while attacking NC for continuing with the NDA-led by AB Vajpayee after their autonomy resolution was binned by New Delhi.
Mehbooba said the Oppositions taunts the self-rule but it was not “anti-national” because it has been endorsed by the Working Groups.
She admitted that she would rally her cadre against the BJP during elections but told Omar that they would have repeated the 1987 if she had aligned with the NC or Congress.
“In Jammu the BJP got mandate and we got from Kashmir. We had to do what you did in 1987. Kashmir main bandook uthe muje nai pata Jammu main kya hota. Agar 1987 repeat karna tha apne kursi ke khatir tau aap ke saath haath milana tha who alag cheez hain,” she said.
“Before the mandate could take shape in 1987, it was destroyed. Syed Salahudin is in Pakistan… Geelani sahib was contesting elections till then and you (Omar) wanted to go back to square one. What sin did those commit who voted in 1987 for MUF? Had they been given a place in the mainstream, we would not be seeing graveyards today,” she said.