SRINAGAR: The PDP’s chief spokesperson Mehboob Beg has reacted strongly to the Opposition’s reaction to the press conference addressed by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“It is really unfortunate to see the principal opposition party behaving in such a manner. They seem to have a one-point agenda, which is to attack Mehbooba Mufti. This is a sensitive situation that Kashmir finds itself in and it would only be natural to expect a more mature and understanding Opposition at such a juncture. Analysing the chief minister’s body language and making personal remarks against her only underlines the lack of sensitivity and respect that they have for the situation,” said Beg.
The spokesperson said that the behaviour of the Opposition was “painful”, as it showed utter disregard for the situation as well as for the prevailing sentiment in the Valley. “It should be everyone’s endeavour to find an amicable resolution to the painful situation, keeping in view the sentiments of the people. If the Opposition has a genuine ‘overnight’ solution, the PDP will not come in their way. I request the Opposition parties to contribute in a constructive manner.
Indulging in personal remarks at such a sensitive juncture only adds to the pain as it undermines the prevailing sentiment,” he said.
“Dr Farooq Abdullah did have a golden opportunity in 1996 as he had a resounding mandate and the then prime minister also remarked that the Government of India would grant ‘anything’ short of Azadi. What did we get out of it?” Beg asked the National Conference. “The mishandling of the situation in 2010 has been acknowledged and admitted by those who were at the helm then. To indulge in mere personal attacks at a vulnerable and sensitive time like this does not look graceful,” Beg said, appealing to the Opposition to offer practical feedback and to desist from settling political scores with Mehbooba Mufti.