Calls Agenda of Alliance a ‘grand fraud’, says JK’s special status harmed under Mehbooba’s watch
SRINAGAR: Addressing a convention of delegates from the Charar-e-Sharief assembly constituency in Budgam, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that the people of Jammu & Kashmir witnessed destruction, disillusionment and alienation from the day Prime Minister Modi and the late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed joined hands to form an alliance that ridiculed the mandate and the aspirations of people.
Omar said that the PDP’s U-turns, its broken promises, and its betrayal of the 2014 mandate had created widespread disillusionment and disenchantment in the Valley.
“The injustice, persecution and oppression that have been perpetrated against the people, especially the youth, since the past three-and-a-half years has no parallel in the state’s history. The situation has deteriorated to the extent of hopelessness as our youth have been deceived for rank political opportunism. PDP sought votes in 2014 on a number of planks and promises – the foremost plank being that the party would keep BJP out of power in the state and safeguard the state’s political identity and interests. However, as soon as the election results were out, PDP embraced the BJP with the sole aim of coming to power. To safeguard the interests of the state, NC and Congress offered unconditional support to PDP and late Mufti sahab, but sadly, PDP chose to ally with the BJP. We made it abundantly clear at that point of time that we would neither ask for any ministerial berths nor any perks of power, that our support was unconditional with the singular intention of safeguarding the state’s interests. Despite this offer, PDP aligned with the powers that have long been perceived to be behind the party’s inception,” Omar said.
“Then, after deceiving the people and the mandate of those who had voted for PDP, the party perpetrated yet another grand fraud with the people by making political, economic and governance related promises in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ – a document which was later unequivocally disowned and ridiculed by the BJP. Not a single promise made in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ was fulfilled as union ministers in the BJP-led central government openly ridiculed the document. Neither was a dialogue process initiated with Pakistan, nor talks started with the Hurriyat Conference. The promise of seeking and achieving the return of power projects was shot down publicly by the Union Power Minister – and our CM chose to remain silent and didn’t utter a single word in protest. The promise that AFSPA would be revoked from the state turned out to be a cruel joke with the youth, as wave after wave of repression and persecution was unleashed by a deeply unpopular state government,” the NC vice-president added.
Omar said that under PDP’ rule, successive attempts were made to inflict harm on the state’s special constitutional position and status, with PDP acting as facilitator for such intrigues and plans. “Our fiscal autonomy was eroded by the extension of the GST Bill to the state. National Acts were extended to J&K without even token resistance offered by the PDP. I fail to understand how Mehbooba Mufti can still claim to have worked to safeguard Article 35A and Article 370 when the state’s special status was harmed and irrevocably weakened under her watch and with her full support,” he said.
“The situation in the state has deteriorated to an extent where educated youth, professors and children of serving police personnel are choosing the path of the gun, despite the opportunities of employment and education that they have. This is a result of the PDP-BJP government’s anti-youth policies and suppression of youth over the past three-and-a-half years,” Omar said.
The NC vice-president said that clandestine efforts were underway to further fragment and weaken the people of the state. “Unfortunately, New Delhi remains invested in the approach of dividing and fragmenting the representation of the state. Such tactics will have a disastrous effect on the future of the state and will plunge it into further chaos and turmoil. The people should beware of these machinations and resist all such covert attempts. Unity is the best response to thwart these games,” Omar said.