Coalitions Deliver Results Unlike One-Party Rule: Mehbooba To Omar

SRINAGAR — Former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said coalition governments deliver better re­sults than single-party majority regimes, citing the example of the BJP-led government at the Centre. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president was react­ing to National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah’s state­ment asking people of Jammu and Kashmir to give a clear man­date to any one party.

“Brute majority has had a his­tory of sell outs in JK. With 60 members NC sold out power houses, brought Ikhwan, task force, POTA,” Mehbooba tweet­ed. “Even earlier when NC had absolute majority and unquali­fied political mandate it only yielded powers, resources of state to Centre,” she said.

The former chief minister fur­ther said the coalition led by her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the state had estab­lished “a high bar of achieve­ments” by “opening of cross LOC roads (being) the singular political achievement post-inde­pendence”. She said post-Indira Gandhi era, coalition govern­ments had delivered better re­sults than single party rule.

“Even at national level it seems post Indira Gandhi, coalition gov­ernments have delivered better than majority party rule eg Vajpayee co­alition, UPA-1 compared to present BJP single party rule,” she said.

“Recall Narisimarao minority government which brought the country out of it’s worst econom­ic crisis and introduced economic liberalisation,” she added in the tweet. Speaking at a function in Jammu on Monday, Abdullah had said that “experiment of coali­tions” had not worked well in J-K.

“I want people of the state to elect a single party government in Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the challenges and mag­nitude of problems faced by the people,” he had said.

Former CM also said that it was high time for the Centre to stop misusing agencies like the CBI and the NIA for political ven­detta. PDP president made the statement in reaction to the Su­preme Court order earlier in the day that reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Inves­tigation Director. “Welcome SCs (Supreme Court) decision to rein­state #AlokVerma as CBI Dir. (It) reinstates belief in independent institutions of our democracy that are its pillars,” she tweeted.

“Time for the Central government to stop misusing its influence to arm twist investigative agencies like NIA and CBI for political vendetta”.

Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court three months after the government divested him of his powers and sent him on “forced leave in a midnight swoop.”


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