Omar hits at Mehbooba for ‘1947-like’ comments

Srinagar: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today criticised Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her comments that a 1947-like situation would have emerged in Jammu had her PDP not entered into alliance with the BJP after the 2014 assembly elections.

“In the Legislative Council, you said that if you had not aligned with BJP there would have been a repeat of 1947. We were not there in 1947 but we have heard that situation had deterioated in Jammu and there was a massive communal flare up,” Omar said while taking part in discussion on grants for departments under the charge of Chief Minister in Legislative assembly.

He asked Mehbooba whether her statment meant that to save Muslim population in Jammu, she was forced to align with BJP.

“I feel for the Hindus of Jammu as you are saying that if they had not been part of the government, they would have set the region on fire,” he said.

Omar said it was not for the first time that the mandate in Jammu and Kashmir was divided.

“Before 1987, there was a clear cut division of votes.

National Conference emerged with majority in Kashmir and Congress in Jammu. Congress mostly remained in oppiosition and NC in power but there was no communal flare up in Jammu,” he said.

Hitting out at the ‘Agenda of Alliance’, the NC leader said it has been a failure because of its non-implementation.

“Don’t tell us that this is two-month-old government. It is the continuity of Mufti sahib’s government. Unfortunately, he is no more but most of the ministers are same with same portfolios. Even your colleagues said that the Agenda of Alliance is a failure,” he added.

About the Handwara incident, Omar said the governent has failed in its promise to present a report in the assembly.

“Two versions have come, one from the girl and one from the police. The speaker had assured that a report will be presented within two days but two weeks have passed and no such report was presented. I am sure no report will be presented during this session,” he added.