SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday claimed that Governor Satya Pal Malik was “encroaching” on democratic space in Jammu and Kashmir, by issuing orders that are not in favour of common people.
Talking to reporters at her Gupkar residence, Mehbooba said that Malik was expected to be cautious, keeping in consideration the sensitive nature of the state of J&K.
“But he has been taking decisions which are against the interests of the state,” she said.
“We don’t know whose agenda he is running in the state. He is issuing orders that are not in the favour of common man. Why is he hurriedly taking such decisions?” she asked.
Mehbooba was flanked by party leaders Abdul Rehman Veeri and Rafi Ahmad Mir as she spoke to the media.
On the proposed move of declaring Ladakh region as a separate division, she asked the governor to give the same status to Pir Panchal and Chenab valley regions.
“If the status is not given to Chenab and Pir Panchal regions, then we will launch an agitation. Pir Panchal and Chenab valley should be given divisional status, too, because they are also far-flung and under-developed areas. It seems the Governor is not being advised properly by his team,” she said.
Claiming that the NC, Congress, and Independents were on the same page with regard to the Governor’s decisions, she called for immediate rollback of various decisions taken by the Governor-led state administrative council (SAC).
“There are several decisions, such as JK Bank being turned into a public sector undertaking, permanent resident certificates, Roshni Act, which will (have an) impact (on) poor people. Such decisions will have a negative impact in the state,” she said.
Earlier, the Governor had said that his administration was not making or considering any changes in the procedures governing issuance of permanent resident certificates (PRCs) in Jammu and Kashmir, hours after former chief minister Omar Abdullah wrote a letter to the Governor over the “sensitive” issue.
Omar shot a letter to Malik following reports that “changes” were being proposed to the rules governing issuance of PRCs.
The PDP chief said she did not regret her party’s boycott of panchayat and urban local body polls.
On reports that several other parties leaders including Muzaffar Hussain Beigh were mulling to leave the party, she said, “Joining and leaving any party is an ongoing process. People leave and join parties before polls.”
Reacting to former finance minister Haseeb Drabu’s resignation from the PDP, she said she was sad at his departure.
“I am sad at his departure. He was called by Mufti sahab with love. Anyway, I wish him good luck,” she said.
Drabu was a confidante of PDP founder late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who entrusted him to draft the agenda of alliance with BJP before forming a coalition government.