Srinagar: The opposition National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday lambasted PDP-BJP alliance saying cabinet minister Chader Prakash Ganga’s outrageous remarks were not isolated utterances but pointed towards a deeper prejudice and malice “politically patronised and systemically institutionalised by the PDP-BJP alliance”.
Abdullah lashed out on PDP’s condemnation of these comments saying it was ‘painful joke’ as “PDP’s continued, unconditional and apologetic alliance with the BJP validated such remarks at the cost of our people’s sense of dignity and respect”.
Condemning the recent spate of excesses against protesting students in the Valley, Dr Farooq said the anti-youth posturing and policies of the Mehbooba Mufti government brought the State to the precipice of turmoil and unrest.
Expressing solidarity with the injured students, especially young girls who have been murderously assaulted, NC patron has prayed for their speedy recovery. “This government is hell-bent to torment our youth and push them against the wall,” the statement reads.
Dr Farooq has also said that he is deeply anguished and concerned over reports of Kashmiri students being mistreated and threatened by various right-wing organisations in different parts of the country particularly Rajasthan where Kashmiri students were assaulted at the Mewar University and in Meerut where hoardings have been put up by right-wing affiliate organizations asking Kashmiris to leave the city or face dire consequences.
Terming statements issued by the PDP condemning utterances of Chander Prakash Ganga as ridiculous, half-baked attempts to shift the burden of responsibility away from the Chief Minister’s shoulders, Dr Abdullah said, “The buck stops at Mehbooba Mufti and her failure to act against the Minister had beyond any doubt both her lack of authority as also her complete lack of responsibility towards the State and its people.”
“PDP has always tried to slip out of such situations by deflecting blame and engaging in pre-scripted, controlled and choreographed ‘confrontations’ with the BJP while simultaneously remaining in an alliance with them at all costs. This is yet another fixed-match between the PDP and the BJP. Had PDP really been outraged at what the Minister has said, they would have broken their alliance with the BJP as a mark of protest. However, their decision to remain with the BJP irrespective of BJP’s anti-Kashmir politics has exposed the PDP,” Dr Farooq Abdullah added.