Mehbooba marginalised by Delhi: Omar

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

BARA­MULLA— For­mer Chief Min­is­ter and Na­tional Con­fer­ence Work­ing Pres­i­dent Omar Ab­dul­lah has said that Mehbooba Mufti’s shock­ing ex­clu­sion from the high­level meet­ing on J& K chaired by the Union Home Min­is­ter in New Delhi was an un­mis­tak­able ex­am­ple of her dis- em­pow­er­ment and how she was squarely re­spon­si­ble for bar­ter­ing away the sanc­tity and con­sti­tu­tional man­date of the Chief Min­is­ter’s of­fice to re­main in power. Omar was ad­dress­ing party lead­ers and work­ers in Bara­mulla.

“In an im­por­tant meet­ing where de­vel­op­men­tal projects in J& K, the State’s se­cu­rity sce­nario and other vi­tal is­sues were dis­cussed, the State was rep­re­sented by the Hon­ourable Gov­er­nor in­stead of the elected Chief Min­is­ter. It seems her si­lence on the ‘ Sainik Colony’ is­sue was also a re­sult of her com­plic­ity in such po­lit­i­cal ma­noeu­vres that are aimed at weak­en­ing the State’s spe­cial sta­tus and al­ter­ing its de­mo­graphic char­ac­ter,” Omar Ab­dul­lah said.

“We all saw how the Chief Min­is­ter cow­ered into si­lence and rank in­ac­tion in both the NIT as well as the Hand­wara in­ci­dents while as the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment dealt with both these si­t­u­a­tions di­rectly, com­pletely by­pass­ing the State Ad­mi­nis- tra­tion as well as the elected Chief Min­is­ter who re­mained miss­ing from the State on both these oc­ca­sions. This seems to have be­come a norm now and the most tragic part is that Mehbooba Mufti sees no prob­lem in her open, pub­lic marginal­iza­tion by New Delhi and is hence en­dors­ing how the Chief Min­is­ter’s po­si­tion is be­ing un­der­mined. She seems to have been re­duced to be a non- es­sen­tial for­mal­ity in the scheme of things,” the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Work­ing Pres­i­dent added in his ad­dress.

“Rather than fo­cus­ing on vi­tal and cru­cial mat­ters con­fronting the State, the Chief Min­is­ter is busy pre­sid­ing over meet­ings to re- or­ga­nize sta­tion­ary and fur­ni­ture in the Civil Sec­re­tar­iat, which is when she is not oc­cu­pied with her photo- op­por­tu­ni­ties to cut rib­bons for projects pi­o­neered by the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment or lay­ing foun­da­tion stones for projects with­out funds hav­ing been ear­marked for them.

This is the same Gov­ern­ment that forced our peo­ple to come out on the streets to protest for their ba­sic right of nu­tri­tion and food and con­tin­ued to hu­mil­i­ate them by ask­ing them to level with the wis­dom of this Gov­ern­ment’s ruth­less­ness,” the NC Work­ing Pres­i­dent added.— KR

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