Maintaining that the chief minister should accept her “failure to govern” and “inability to handle the deteriorating situation in the state”, National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Monday said that Mehbooba Mufti should step down from her chair.
Addressing a public meeting at Kargil on Monday, the NC working president said the youth across the state “feel betrayed and are being pushed against the wall as the ruling alliance has robbed them of hope while being solely obsessed with the goal of remaining glued to power.”
Omar said: “As civilian killings, instability and violence seem to have become the norm in the state, the time has come for Mehbooba Mufti to accept her failure and the grave costs of PDP’s sell-out. She should step down as the Chief Minister before the situation deteriorates any further.”
The government, Omar said, seemed to be a mute spectator as the state was sliding back into what appears to be another period of armed turmoil and instability.
“It is not enough that the Chief Minister regrets unabated civilian killings in the Valley while she continues to augment the sense of hostility and alienation among the youth. She cannot offer a solution as long as she continues to be the basis of what is happening in the State today”, the NC working president, according to party handout, said while addressing the public meeting.
He said the youth of the State were at the receiving end of “flawed, dangerous policies that hinged on a day-to-day operational management of the situation in the complete absence of constructive, engaging politics.
“There is an elephant in the room and PDP doesn’t want to see it. It has shut its eyes to reality and continues to fuel the sense of resentment on the ground. Every single justification conjured up to stitch up this alliance has fallen flat as one promise after another stands exposed as hollow and farcical.
“The same young men who were promised political engagement, reconciliation and empathy stand at the precipice of complete and total isolation. PDP’s U-turn in 2014 has cost the state hundreds of precious young lives and the most tragic part is how the Chief Minister continues to be a mode of denial”, the NC working president said.
He said every region of the state, including Kargil, Ladakh and Jammu, had seen the adverse ramifications of the “divisive, Machiavellian politics that the PDP-BJP alliance seems to have made a cornerstone of its existence.”
Omar said the people had been pitted against one another on the basis of region and religion to facilitate political dividends for the powers that be. “The political vacuum in Kashmir is unprecedented and shocking. The Government isn’t even pretending to engage with the youth and all promises of dialogue and reconciliation have turned out to be grand, elaborate lies. If educated, employed young men are leaving the mainstream – the powers that be need to introspect and accept their predominant and prominent role in bringing things to this pass.”
He said the “mere rhetoric” and “customary condemnations” from the Chief Minister are futile and end up adding insult to injury”, Mr. Omar Abdullah said.
The National Conference working president said Kargil was a classic example of the Chief Minister’s “inability to govern” and had suffered enormously on account of rank “mis-governance” in the last three years.
“Almost every single developmental work initiated by the previous Government has been abandoned by the PDP-BJP Government. No infrastructure projects have been initiated in Kargil since the past three years as political opportunism has taken precedence over honest, dedicated leadership.
“The people of Kargil have been betrayed and are being robbed of their rights to growth, progress and prosperity as the Government turns a blind eye towards pressing challenges being faced by people here.
“National Conference has always and will continue to be responsive and sensitive to the grievances and demands of the people and believes equitable growth and development of all the three regions of the State is non-negotiable”, the NC working president said.