Take over or call polls:Omar to CM-in-waiting Mehbooba

RSTV Bureau
Bijbehara (J&K): PDP president Mehbooba Mufti at the grave of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during congregational prayers on the ocassion of his fourth mourning day in Bijbehara, January 10, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Bijbehara (J&K): File photo of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti at the grave of her father and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during congregational prayers on the ocassion of his fourth mourning day in Bijbehara, January 10, 2016.
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In a significant political statement, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has asked PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to recommend dissolution of J&K legislative assembly and call fresh elections if she is “unable or unwilling” to assume the responsibility as Chief Minister. The ruling PDP-BJP alliance is yet to formally announce the government formation as Mehbooba has been maintaining she is “no hurry”.

The sensitive state of Jammu and Kashmir is under a Governor’s rule since January 8, a day after the demise of sitting CM and Mehbooba Mufti’s father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

In an open letter to Mehbooba Mufti, the National Conference leader said “to dilly-dally is the biggest disservice you can do” to people of the state as they should not be denied an elected government”.

“If you are unable or unwilling to assume the responsibilities that are being placed on your shoulders, then you must do your duty to the people, recommend to His Excellency the Governor to dissolve the Assembly, and let the people make a fresh decision in an election,” he added in his open letter.

Criticising Mehbooba Mufti over her reluctance to step up and take charge, Omar Abdullah questioned the PDP-BJP alliance over placing the rule under the central rule.

“So why is the state under central rule? What are you waiting for, Mehbooba?”

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

The former CM and the working president of PDP’s traditional political opponent National Conference also cited that the people of state had a number of expectations from their elected government.

“The flood victims expected to see a bigger flood relief package; industry expected to see the return of power projects; contractors expected to see more money for development; and unemployed youngsters expected to see more jobs,” he added further.

Speaking further over the PDP-BJP alliance and the speculations of differences within the two, Omar Abdullah said, “The Agenda for Alliance, the final policy document bequeathed to you by Mufti Sahib, had been ignored by your allies and you were angry”.

“We were told that you would not takeover unless you had firm assurances from no lesser person than the Prime Minister…. That unless parts of it were implemented immediately, you would walk away from the alliance with the BJP,” Omar said.

Commenting further on the PDP core group meeting this Sunday, where the party authorised Mehbooba to take a final call, he stressed that people of the state were expecting some announcements.

“Either rise to the occasion or else step back. The people of the state cannot be expected to wait for you to make up your mind,” Omar Abdullah strongly commented.

(With inputs from the PTI)