National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Monday said the PDP-BJP led successive governments were 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, a statement issued by the party reads.
Addressing the party’s south zone meeting at DakBunglowAnantnag on Monday, Omar said there should be an enquiry into the expenditure of funds meant for the dredging of Jehlum after the devastating floods of 2014.
Omar 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, the statement reads.
“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. 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,” Omar said.
“What happened to the money meant for dredging the Jehlum? 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 Rs 90,000 crore package?” he said.
“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 statement reads.
He said though the fall of the 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 PDP-BJP government inherited in 2014.
“The first and foremost concern is the restoration of the situation to what it was before 2014. We have to respect the aspirations and sentiments of the people – especially the youth and reach out to them through reconciliatory political initiatives. 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,” he said.