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Don't insult people's intelligence: Mehbooba to Omar

Rejecting the chief minister Omar Abdullah's challenge to media to prove his complicity in the most scandalous cross voting in recent elections to the legislative council Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said that the onus is on Omar to establish his innocence.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2011 15:52 IST
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Rejecting the chief minister Omar Abdullah's challenge to media to prove his complicity in the most scandalous cross voting in recent elections to the legislative council Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said that the onus is on Omar to establish his innocence.

"How could anyone other than the parties involved in the shady deal be privy to it?" Mehbooba wondered.

Omar had said that cash for vote is the creation of media and in actual there is no such thing happened during council elections.

The PDP president said that the frequent and always conditional offer of resignation by the chief minister had now become his most preferred instrument to ward off all criticism whether on governance, human rights or corruption in his government.

"His challenge to the media to prove the case of cash for votes in the Council elections is more filmi than political", said Mehbooba.

The chief minister as head of the coalition that benefited from cross voting needed to come clean on the scandal and if the extra votes polled by the coalition candidates were not purchased then the question becomes even more serious, she added, wondering whether it was revival of old friendship.

Mehbooba said, "The chief minister was insulting the intelligence of the people if he thought he would be taken for his word on the issue."

"How is it possible that the BJP votes are shared in a way that both coalition candidates get 30 each unless there was a proper floor management and understanding between the parties", asked Mehbooba?

The understanding doesn’t come free or without an understanding, she added.

The PDP chief said that the functioning of the present coalition had always been disastrous for the state but the council elections threw up questions of greater importance than mere winning or losing a seat.

It could shake the foundations of multi-party democracy in a state that has still to go a long way in establishing the credentials of democratic institutions and for which the people are engaged in a serious and long struggle, Mehbooba said.

"If the NC led coalition could throw to winds all political morality and propriety for a mere council seat how would it be behave when it came to safeguarding the interests of the state", she said, adding that no wonder that it has been selling out everything for the sake of power, be it the state’s water resources, institutions like the J&K Bank, trust of people or the blood of innocents.

Mehbooba said that the voting scandal in J&K had come at a time when entire country was engaged in a soul searching over matters of political morality and integrity in public life. The shocking events around the council election indicate as to how far removed the coalition is from these historic developments and to the contrary are trying to further devalue and undermine democratic institutions and practices in the state, she added.