Restless Omar dares Mehbooba to face fresh election

Srinagar:- Former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said PDP was “terrified” of fresh elections in the State due to its political U-turns and ten-month tenure of “failures and abject misgovernance”.

Addressing party workers at Beerwah during a tour of his constituency, Omar Abdullah said, “It was surprising that people found the administration more responsive and effective under Governor’s rule than it was under the rule of the PDP-BJP Government – which is a tragic indictment of the PDP-BJP Government.”

Omar said that despite the PDP-BJP Alliance intact and despite the existence of elected MLAs, the State’s Budget was all set to be prepared and adopted by the Governor’s office. 

“In spite of being your MLAs, we have been deprived of our constitutional powers to make the budget and public policies reflect your needs and aspirations,” he said.“I can’t ask any questions of the Government as one fails to understand who those questions need to be directed towards. On one hand the PDP says the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ with BJP is ‘sacred’ and on the other hand they are simultaneously dithering from forming a new Government with the BJP – their ‘sacred’ alliance partner.”

Omar said that If PDP swears by it’s ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ and is committed to taking it forward, why aren’t you forming a Government? “Why are you making the people face this avoidable political instability and democratic disempowerment,” Omar asked “We will not act as a hurdle for you and you should come forward and form the government. If you think Mufti Sahab couldn’t do justice to the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’, what’s stopping you from coming forward and undoing the wrongs?”

“The other option is that of fresh elections in the State. But PDP is so terrified of being routed out completely once for all that it is neither willing to provide a government with its alliance partner nor is it willing to go for fresh elections,” Omar said. “If you are so scared of forming a Government with BJP – which continues to be your alliance partner, let us go to the people for a fresh mandate. However, PDP knows it would be completely decimated and that National Conference would emerge as a single-majority force in fresh elections and hence PDP wants the State to hang mid-air in political uncertainty.”

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