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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