Mehbooba slammed for “lack of vision”
SRINAGAR—The opposition parties today slammed the state’s PDP-BJP government in the Assembly, accusing it of lacking “vision” and “direction” and contending that the 16-months of its rule have been a time wasted.
Leading the attack was National Conference leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abullah, who contended that the Mehbooba Mufti government had failed to defend the special status of Jammu and Kashmir before the Supreme Court when NEET was extended to the state.
He questioned the government over its various promises and said no progress was to be seen on revocation of AFSPA or having internal dialogue or restoring the regional balance.
“The 16-months of this government has been wasted as there is nothing to show for in terms of promises made by the two parties in their ‘Agenda of Alliance’,” Omar said while speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address.
He said the Governor’s Address had a “superficial mention” of corruption-free and development-oriented governance.
“This is nothing new and perhaps there has been no government which has not spoken about these issues.
The truth is that there is no vision or direction in this government because this government was formed under compulsion,” he said.
Omar said the Chief Minister has made many flip flops on various issues and it was likely that doubts will persist about her decision making. “In the past 16 months, you have not stuck to one line.
In the elections, you sought votes on the plank that you wanted to stop BJP (from coming to power) as Omar Abdullah is an old sinner who might join hands with BJP again as he was part of the Vajpayee government at centre.
“After the election, you were hoping that a lot will be achieved by aligning with BJP and entered into an Agenda of Alliance but so far no progress is to be seen on revocation of AFSPA, internal dialogue or restoring the regional balance,” he told Mehbooba, the leader of PDP.
He recalled that she had sought Confidence Building Measures from the Centre before forming the government in the wake of death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
“Your spokespersons went to media saying that you want assurances on AFSPA and return of power projects to the state.
You met the Prime Minister and emerged satisfied enough to form the government.
So far there is no clarity what assurances you got from the Prime Minister. We want to know,” the former Chief Minister said to Mehbooba.
Omar also recalled that BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had told the media that Mehbooba had not sought any assurances but only blessings of the Prime Minister.
“If you only wanted blessings, you would have got it on day one. What was the two months’ wait for,” he asked her, referring to the time taken by her to decide on continuing alliance with BJP after Sayeed’s death on January 7.—GT stormed to the speaker’s podium to protest against a variety of issues, including what they termed the government’s failure to implement the food safety act. As the day’s proceedings started, MLAs of the opposition failure in clearing the confusion over the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and demanding justice for a resident of Handwara town who was allegedly molested by security personnel.—GK in possession of. Who will restore her innocence and her youthful days back? Police has to answer a lot to the society and to the Court of Law as the victim girl claims she has undergone horrific experiences in police detention and has been through a mental trauma from which she is finding it very difficult to come out.
Police so much dominates the society that the civilian government could not get the victim and her family out of their clutches; and finally it was the human rights groups that intervened to bring an end to the ordeal of this family. The girl told media in Srinagar that she was pressurized along with her family by police to give a statement of their choice in the Court before Magistrate. She further said that she was forced to sign the documents and the statement was taken under duress. That means whatever she said in the Court of Law along with her parents was not a voluntary statement.
Before media the victim girl demanded registration of an FIR against the police for recording the video and circulating it in the public. She demands an FIR also against the police for harassing, pressuring and intimidating her family. This case has become a test case for the Courts to intervene in such matters with more force to act as a deterrent for the police who are enjoying absolute powers in Jammu and Kashmir State.
The fresh statement of the victim girl has changed the entire story of the incident and the U-turn of the victim saying that she was allegedly molested by army jawan has given fresh ammunition to the opposition asking for judicial probe into the entire issue. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has to intervene in this matter as the victim girl by her statement has brought a big question mark on the credibility of the police handling such incidents in Kashmir. This would be a test case for Mehbooba Mufti also who says that she will fight for the rights of females in the state. —Courtesy: RK