Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and leader of opposition Omar Abdullah on Saturday termed as “failure” the Agenda of Alliance on the basis of which the PDP formed the government with the BJP. He also accused the government of making an excuse of the civil unrest for its failure in fulfilling any of its promises of development. “Show me any development on the grounds of which people will appreciate you,” he said in the legislative assembly, addressing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Omar also lambasted the CM for constituting police special investigative teams (SITs) to probe the killings during the repression of the post-Burhan civil uprising. “How will the people be satisfied with the SIT inquiry when the very police personnel involved in the killings are heading the inquiry,” he said, reminding the CM of the fate of the Handwara SIT inquiry.
“We were assured in the house during the last budget session that the inquiry report of the Handwara SIT will be presented before the house, but nothing happened,” he said. He reminded Mehbooba Mufti that when she was in the opposition, she created uproar over SIT inquiries and demanded a judicial commission to inquire into the killings of civilians by government forces. “If she was not satisfied with the SIT inquiry then, how is she satisfied with the SIT enquiry now?” Omar demanded to know.
On the government’s Agenda of Alliance, he said, “We never questioned the Agenda of Alliance but we are questioning its execution. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed told us that the Congress and NC were hollow, which was why he was entering into an alliance with the BJP – for the rehabilitation of flood-affected people. But they are still to receive anything from the government’s packages and compensations.”
“You should accept your failure in compensating the flood-affected victims,” he said.
On the government’s claim of pursuing the return of hydropower projects from the NHPC to the state, he quoted a newspaper report which said that the NHPC has clearly stated that it will not return the power projects to the state.
“Return of power projects was part of your Agenda of Alliance, but how will you bring back power projects when NHPC is clearly announcing that they will not return them,” he said. “You failed in delivering your Agenda of Alliance. Had you worked on it, the recent turmoil would not have happened,” he said.
He accused the CM of following the ‘Doval doctrine’ devised by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. “Only one doctrine is working, that of Ajit Doval,” he said, and urged the CM to instead work on the Agenda of Alliance.
Omar questioned the veracity of Mehbooba’s statement that she had instructed the police to not kill local militants in encounters but to arrest them. “If you have given them such a direction, then you should introspect how much they are implementing it on the ground. Have you any technology which can foretell whether the militant in an encounter is a local or a foreigner,” Omar asked. He said that the CM had created confusion among the ranks of the police.
He reminded Mehbooba of her time in the opposition, when she was famous as a “soft separatist” for her humane approach towards militants, “but unfortunately, during your stint in power, the highest number of militants have been killed in encounters,” he said.
He also questioned the CM’s statement that Burhan Wani was an ordinary militant and his killing was a usual security operation. “If he was an ordinary militant then why the army men who killed Burhan were given awards on 26th January by the BJP government?” he asked.
Omar said that there was a growing regional disparity between Jammu and Kashmir under the PDP-BJP government. He cited the example of an IIT being allocated to Jammu but not to Kashmir. He said that in his stint as CM, he had kept a regional balance by allocating an AIIMS for Kashmir as well as for Jammu. “By announcing an off-shore campus of IIT for Kashmir doesn’t mean that you are doing justice with Kashmir,” he said.
Omar alleged that corruption had increased under the Mehbooba Mufti-led government and RTI (Right to Information) was not being implemented in the state. He said that information commission had been rendered defunct as the government was not keen to revive the state vigilance commission.
He also said that in the past two years, 2100 premature transfer orders were passed and an average 3 officers were transferred every day. “How will we get them to work when we are transferring them prematurely?” he asked.
He accused Sartaj Madni and Sajad Mufti, both relatives of the CM, for creating a “transfer mess” in south Kashmir. “From a patwari to an SHO, transfers are being done on the orders of these two persons,” he said, adding, “Sometimes you should look beyond your political interests for the betterment of people.”
He suggested to the government to engage some professional lawyers who could contest cases regarding Article 370, which the BJP was trying to erode, he said, by using the judiciary after failing to do so through the legislature.