Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took pot shots at ruling coalition parties, National Conference and the Congress, for "spreading lies and misinformation on all important issues."
Referring to the National Hydro-electricity Power Corporation chairman's claim that water tax has been withdrawn by the state government, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, "The latest exposure being about the water tax makes it more clear that the NC govt has sacrificed the intrestes of the state and made a total sellout be it legislatve council seats ministerial berths , water resources or power projects for their own personal luxuries."
Mehbooba said the position of chief minister Omar Abdullah has become completely untenable in the wake of the shocking disclosure on water tax as much as his attempts to cover the political corruption in his party and government. "The open war between various coalition partners and their factions has landed the state in an unprecedented chaos with the chief minister’s own position becoming ridiculous with every passing day," she said.
Mehbooba said the state government’s claims on charging tax from the NHPC was suspect from day one as the NC under Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah had been transfering most viable projects to the corporation one after another.
"The claims made by the state government about the expected revenue from the proposed water tax should normaly have been reflected in the state budget which was never done and now the NHPC chairman has convincingly exposed the lies spoken by the government from time to time," she alleged.
The government's lie, Mehbooba said, about setting up of a judicial probe for investigation into the political corruption and the mysterious death of the close associate of Abdullah family Haji Yousuf has been nailed by no less than the congress president Saifudin Soz who has questioned the imaginary judicial probe ordered by the state government.
"No amount of coverup could absolve the chief minister and his family of their culpability in an absence of free and fare investigation," she said.