Mehbooba praises demonetisation, Drabu criticizes it: NC


SRINAGAR: National Con­ference on Wednesday said J&K Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu’s criticism of the Central Government’s demonitisation move while speaking at the PRS Con­ference in New Delhi has contradicted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s earlier unqualified praise for the initiative and yet again highlighted how the Chief Minister was desperate to heap praise on the Prime Minister even when her un­derstanding of such critical issues was dismal at best. NC State Spokesperson Jun­aid Azim Mattu asked Meh­booba Mufti to ascertain the affects of demonitisation on the State – as highlighted by her own Finance Minister – before subjecting her own Government and the State to such public humiliation.

Pertinently, at a session at PRS Annual Conference on “Effective Legislatures” held in New Delhi, J&K Fi­nance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu had said that States would have to bear the con­sequences of the demonisti­sation decision of the Central Government in terms of "de­creased consumption" that would amount to a "loss of forty-two paisa for a rupee" for the State Government. Speaking at the Conference, the J&K Finance Minister also criticized the arbitrary nature of the decision saying that while the States had to bear the consequences of de­monitisation, they were not a party to the decision.

“We understand how Prime Minister Modi has been nominated as the of­ficial ‘Toofan Ka Admi’ for the PDP and that our Chief Minister is trying hard to salvage the last vestiges of her self-destroyed political career by praising the Prime Minister right, left and cen­ter. However, she should take her own Finance Min­ister into confidence and ask him to lie in symme­try with her. This glaring contradiction is not only a cause of embarrassment for the Chief Minister and her party but also the State Gov­ernment and hence reflects poorly on the State”, the NC Spokesperson added.

“No Chief Minister in the entire country today is as desperate to praise the Prime Minister and the Central Government as Mehbooba Mufti. Blindly praising the Central Gov­ernment for all its initia­tives – even those that have hurt the State as clearly ad­mitted by the State Finance Minister in the case of de­monitisation – is a level of sycophancy that doesn’t be­hove an elected Chief Min­ister" the NC Spokesperson said in a statement to KNS.

"Mehbooba Mufti has made a joke of the consti­tutional position she holds in a system of federalism. It seems like the Chief Min­ister has decided to act a mere cheerleader of the Prime Minister and the Central Government”, the NC Spokesperson further said in the statement is­sued to KNS.







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