Sumbal: Addressing an election rally at Naidkhai Sonawari, NC vice president Omar Abdullah tore into his rival, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, saying she was incapable of fighting for respect even for her father.
“What was left of our autonomy was also surrendered by PDP for the lust of power,” he said. “Mehbooba gulped down the colossal insult of Mufti Sayeed made by PM Modi in a public gathering at Srinagar. When Mufti was undergoing treatment at Delhi, PM Modi didn’t visit him to inquire after his health. How can we trust her when she wasn’t able to fight for the respect of her father? How can we trust her, when she was the one who surrendered fiscal autonomy of our state before the centre?”
Omar spoke of the NIA’s questioning of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Delhi and blamed it on Mehbooba. “Can Mehbooba say when was the FIR lodged against him? Under whose chief minister ship was Mirwaiz convicted by NIA? Even today on the second day Mirwaiz is being questioned at NIA headquarters. Why didn’t she raise her voice then? On the contrary, she made the state police available to NIA to intimidate Mirwaiz and other leaders in 2017, when she was serving as the CM of the state. Why didn’t she and her cabinet minister raise qualms then? Why had they bolted their mouths then? It is they who plunged the state into chaos and uncertainty. It is they who are responsible for robbing the state of its fiscal autonomy. Why should people believe them now?” he said.
He said that the PDP had failed to deliver on all its promises made during the 2014 election campaign. “People didn’t see any dialogue with Pakistan. People didn’t see any power project being obtained back. People didn’t see any of our unemployed youth getting jobs. On the contrary, she unleashed plethora of miseries in the state. She intimidated the religious personalities of our state,” he said.
Omar also questioned PM Modi for referring to the Kashmir problem as the problem of two and a half districts. “Today I saw PM in a televised interview saying that there is problem in Kashmir and the problem is confined to two and a half districts. Unfortunately, people at the helm of affairs at the centre find it difficult to speak truth. If the issue of our state is confined to only two and a half districts, why is it then our national highway connecting nine districts is being closed for civilian traffic for two days? Why was this imprudent step taken without giving a thought to the plight which civilians will go through? If the problem is confined to just two districts why doesn’t the central government revoke AFSPA then? Why is the central government not conducting assembly elections in the state? What is stopping them? We need a strong voice that could represent us in parliament. We have seen parliamentarians who have said that Kashmiri youth are picking up guns for a pair of kurta pyajama,” he said.