What happened to funds meant for Jehlum dredging, asks Omar
SRINAGAR: National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Monday alleged that the PDP-BJP led government was culpable for massive scams and rampant misgovernance over the past three and a half years besides pushing the state into an abyss of political uncertainty and widespread disenchantment.
Addressing party’s south zone meeting at Dak Bunglow Anantnag on Monday, the NC vice president said there should be an enquiry into the expenditure of funds that were meant for the dredging of Jhelum after the devastating floods of 2014.
“What happened to the money meant for dredging the Jhelum? When Mufti Sahab formed an alliance with the BJP in 2014 we were led to believe that one of the main reasons for this sell-out was to facilitate the flow of flood relief and rehabilitation funds to the state. What happened to the 90,000 crore package? Just a few days ago, we witnessed how a moderate rainfall for two days brought us on the brink of deluge and destruction as our rivers and floods channels were not dredged and de-silted for the past three and a half years. Is there a massive scam here? The people deserve to know who is responsible and what happened to the funds,” Omar asked.
“Similarly there were massive scams in various other departments where funds have virtually disappeared. Apart from pushing the state into the throes of turmoil and chaos, the PDP-BJP alliance failed on every single basic front of governance as well,” he said.
The NC vice president said the mandate of 2014 was disrespected and violated when the PDP and BJP formed an alliance after seeking votes against each other during the election campaign. He said the state’s political uncertainty and state of turmoil was a devastating result of an “opportunistic” alliance that was responsible for not only alienating the youth but also creating an unprecedented chasm between the three regions of the state.
“National Conference doesn’t believe in sacrificing its ideological basis for power and the party will not be a part of any attempts for government formation through rumoured permutations and combinations. We believe in respecting the mandate of the people and will not be a part of any attempts to ridicule and manipulate the aspirations of the people,” Omar said. “It is for this precise reason that the party has sought the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly.”
Omar added, “While we understand that the situation is not conducive for immediate elections in the state, we are of the firm believe that only a fresh democratic exercise can repose the faith of the people in the institutions and system of democracy in the State.”
The NC vice president said while the fall of the PDP-BJP government had brought “some amount of respite” to the people and reduced the public anguish and resentment to a certain extent, the situation in the state was still nowhere near what the previous government inherited in 2014.
“The first and foremost concern is the restoration of the situation to what it was before 2014. Neither the political issue, nor the present crisis can be resolved through military or operational means or mechanisms. While National Conference stands and advocates the restoration of Internal Autonomy as a solution to the issue, we should reach out to those who are angry and listen to them. We need to find out why highly educated and employed young men are choosing the path of militancy over the prospects of a normal, comfortable life,” he said.
The NC Vice President asked the party leaders to work with utmost unity and close collaboration to strengthen the organisation at all levels.