Asks India, Pakistan to resume dialogue; lays foundation stone for `11.49 cr road widening project in Ganderbal
Ganderbal: National Conference President and Member Parliament, Farooq Abdullah, Saturday expressed shock and displeasure over Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s pitch for GST exemption for handicrafts, dry fruits and tourism related activities. He called her meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley an attempt to hoodwink Kashmiris.
Abdullah made these remarks in a workers meeting at Ganderbal, where he also laid the foundation stone for Rs 11.49 cr road widening project.
Addressing the gathering, Abdullah said, “Either Mehbooba Mufti had not bothered to look at GST Bill before giving it a go ahead in the state cabinet, or she is clearly trying to befool Kashmiris. Asking for GST exemptions now after passing the bill is a mere drama.”
He said that it was beyond comprehension that a bill just passed by her government needs her to engage in parleys. “When the whole state, particularly the trading fraternity, was up with apprehensions that GST will not augur well with the small and medium scale industries in the state, she held her stance as the biggest proponent of the law,” Abdullah said.
He expressed dismay over what he called a deaf and blind government, ignorant to the needs and aspirations of trader community in particular, and people in general. “Which CM will bat for GST one day and the next day come out and say ‘We are at loss because of GST’?”
He said that the conduct of the PDP BJP regime has always been incoherent and confusing. “They run around like headless chicken and the state is suffering because of Mehbooba Muft’s inept handling of the CM office and her cabinet,” he said.
Reiterating his stance on resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan, the NC president said, “Until and unless Kashmir issue is resolved, there will be no peace in the state. I appeal both the countries to understand the gravity of the situation and initiate dialogue process immediately. And in that process all the stakeholders in the state must be taken on board.” He said that the “present regime at the centre” must follow the policies of Vajpayee who was a strong advocate of the dialogue process. “It was he who said that friends can be changed but not your neighbors in direct reference to Pakistan.”
Earlier, Abdullah laid the foundation stone for a road widening project under PMGSY between Darhama Rabitar to Narain Bagh, Ganderbal. The project, estimated to cost Rs 11.49 Cr, is expected to benefit over 1.5 lakh people. He also interacted with people and took stock of the civil amenities there.
Abdullah also presided over an award distribution function at Shireen Bagh Srinagar. The awards are given in memory of Madar-e-Meharbaan, Begum Akbar Jahan, and organized by Rural Development Society.