Rajya Sabha Voting: Omar Corners PDP 

BUDGAM — Upping the ante at Mehbooba Muft-led party over its decision to abstain from voting for the post of Deputy Chairman in Rajya Sabha, National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday alleged that there was no doubt left anymore that PDP and BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance, despite breakdown of the coalition Government.

BJP-led NDA’s candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Thursday elected as the new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with 125 votes, while UPA’s candidate BK Hariprasad got 105 votes.

Abdullah, who is the former Chief Minister of the State, said this had again become clear, when PDP’s two MPs in the Rajya Sabha abstained from voting in the election of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson and by the tragic fact that the elaborate report on Article 35-A continues to gather dust on the Law Secretary’s tables, since one year.

“It was the duty of the Mehbooba Mufti Government to submit the elaborate report on 35-A in the Supreme Court but her Government chose inaction and surrender bringing us to this present situation. PDP chose not to confront the BJP and its longstanding agenda to weaken the State’s special status”, Omar added.

“Mehbooba Mufti is today telling the people that she drank a cup of poison by aligning with the BJP. She is also trying to tell us that the BJP-led Central Government is using NIA and CBI to coerce her MLAs to revolt against her. If this is in fact true, why did Mehbooba Mufti instruct her two Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha to not vote against the BJP candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson? The fact of the matter is that PDP is still in a tactical alliance with the BJP which is also evidenced by the fact that PDP is not defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court as compared to National Conference which has retained a legal team and filed an intervention plea for this purpose. Why haven’t Senior PDP leaders who are practicing advocate at the Supreme Court filed for intervention and impleadment in this matter?” Omar asked.

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