ME­HBOOBA: GUV EN­CROACH­ING ON DEMO­CRATIC SPACE

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

SRINAGAR : For­mer Jammu and Kash­mir chief minister and Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) pres­i­dent Me­hbooba Mufti on Fri­day threat­ened to launch a peace­ful ag­i­ta­tion along with other par­ties, if divi­sional sta­tus is granted to Ladakh and not to the Chenab Val­ley and Pir Pan­jal re­gion of the state.

“We are not against this, if Ladakh is granted divi­sional sta­tus, our de­mand is that the same should also be given to Pir Pan­jal and Chenab Val­ley, which are also re­mote and back­ward ar­eas of the state,’’ she said.

The for­mer CM also blamed gover­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik for en­croach­ing on the demo­cratic setup.

“What is the ur­gency to is­sue or­ders on a daily ba­sis? The elec­tions should be held and then the gov­ern­ment which is in place can take these de­ci­sions. It seems the gover­nor was pur­su­ing an agenda in­flu­enced by a hid­den hand.”

She added that af­ter the J&K assem­bly was dis­solved, many de­ci­sions were taken which are against the in­ter­ests of the state.

“The gover­nor who is a politi­cian too, should un­der­stand the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of the state and re­main over cau­tious. But, un­for­tu­nately, ev­ery day or­ders which add to in­se­cu­ri­ties of the peo­ple are be­ing is­sued, like the re­cent or­ders and con­tro­ver­sies over the J&K Bank, Roshni Act and PRC rules,” Me­hbooba said, adding that bar­ing few, all po­lit­i­cal par­ties are per­turbed with the gover­nor’s de­ci­sions.

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