NC didn’t object to the idea of Sainik Colony: Omar

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Srinagar: National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Friday said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s silence on crucial political issues reflected her lack of conviction and her guilt and had consequently created an atmosphere of political disempowerment within the State.

Speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address to the joint session of the State Legislator made on the 25th of May at SKICC, Omar Abdullah said that it was ironic that the PDP-BJP Government managed to get the Governor to praise their deceased ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ while both parties were aware that every single alphabet and letter in the document stood shattered and reneged. 

“Although you got the Governor to praise the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of the Alliance’, you have watched as mute spectators as every single promise and agreement made in the document has been violated. Be it the promise of achieving the return of power projects or the promise of getting New Delhi to engage with the separatist leadership, PDP has remained on mute mode as every single demand has been discarded by the Central Government with spectacular and brazen contempt. Our Chief Minister has tragically agreed to be the protagonist in this saga of silence and guilt,” Omar said during his speech in the Legislative Assembly. 

The NC Working President reminded Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of her election speeches where she sought votes for PDP as votes that would invariably amount to votes against the BJP and asked her to go through the footage of those speeches to remember her exact words and realize why her Government and her party have become so unpopular today.

“Mehbooba Ji those speeches and their footage is available for you to watch them. You sought votes against BJP and said the people of this State would never find BJP to be an acceptable option and today you sit in the Government with them and watch in silence as they break one promise after another and have precious little to offer to your Government and this State”, the NC Working President added. 

“You refused our offer of unconditional support to form the Government citing the logic that an alliance with the BJP would be an alliance with the Central Government and this arrangement would in turn translate into New Delhi’s benevolence to the State and its people. Where is that benevolence today Mehbooba Ji? The 80,000 crores that were being brandished are nowhere to be seen. If you have in fact received 80,000 Crores as a cost of compromising on your ideology and your slogans, kindly distribute that money across the State so that people wouldn’t suffer for lack of development, salaries and wages”, Omar Abdullah further said. 

The NC Working President said the PDP-BJP ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ had become a joke at the expense of this State and its people and PDP had surrendered its voice so that it clings on to political power. 

“After the demise of Mufti Sahab, you categorically stated that you wouldn’t be able to justify becoming the Chief Minister unless and until New Delhi approves some significant Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for the State. For two months you engineered planned leaks through your spokespersons that these CBMs demands included the demands for the return of power projects, an increase in the flood relief and rehabilitation package, smart cities for J&K and a slew of other demands. Then one fine day you met the Prime Minister and said you were satisfied. A senior BJP leader who has very close ties with your party went on record to say that neither were any demands made by you nor did the Prime Minister accept any demands. You readily agreed to resume your alliance with the BJP on the previously existing terms and conditions and it was said that you met the Prime Minister and humbly received his ‘Ashirwaad’. Did you waste two months just to receive the Prime Minister’s ‘Ashirwaad’?”, the NC Working President stated.

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