‘Mehbooba Mufti owes people an apology’
SRINAGAR: NC Vice President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday chaired the National Conference Legislative Party meeting here. The meeting, according to a statement issued here, was attended by MLAs and MLCs from the party.
Addressing the Legislative Party meeting, Omar Abdullah said, “The PDP-BJP alliance had left the state brutalised and stoked unprecedented alienation especially among the youth. The alliance has pushed JK into the throes of turmoil and uncertainty and the rank opportunism that formed the basis of their politics has not only alienated the people but also created chasms between the three regions of the state.”
[epq-quote align=”align-right”]NC Legislative Party Meeting[/epq-quote]“We have witnessed rampant persecution, injustices and widespread corruption while this alliance was at the helm of power,” he said. “The shamelessness and lack of perspective is evidenced by the how (former CM) Mehbooba Mufti, in a scripted TV interview to a private channel from Delhi, had all the time to remember the imaginary failures of her predecessors but had no words of sympathy for the people of the state and failed to acknowledge how much her government and that of Late Mufti Sahab brutalised and persecuted the people over the past more than three years.”
Omar said Mehbooba Mufti owes the people of J&K an apology which needs to be delivered “without hiding behind smokescreens and the victimhood of being removed from power”. “The people of J&K are the only victims here and Mehbooba Mufti owes them an unconditional apology,” he said.
The NC Vice President said Mehbooba Mufti’s “arrogance” had driven her own leaders away and this was another indication of her contempt towards the mandate of 2014 and also her refusal to respect the sentiments of the people at large.
Reiterating the demand for the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly, Omar Abdullah said the party believes this was a necessary requirement to end the ongoing phase of uncertainty and speculations that are adding to the sense of cynicism among the people.
He said the Governor’s administration should take all possible steps to restore normalcy and a sense of security in the people before a democratic exercise can take place.
“The continued loss of precious lives is unacceptable and a matter of grave concern and all possible steps should be taken to prevent any further loss of lives. The youth of the state are being pushed further away due to the failure to prevent civilian killings and this remains a matter of concern and alarm.”