PDP-BJP's 100 days: Omar says it's a govt of U-turn

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, peer.mushtaq@hindustantimes.com Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2015 23:27 IST

On completion of the BJP-PDP government's 100 days in the state, opposition National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Monday described it "a dispensation of U-turns."

"(Chief minister) Mufti Sayeed's U-turn started from Day 1. He made a series of U-turns, from crediting Pakistan and separatists for polls to state flag to release of (separatist) Masarat Alam to flood relief to employment policy to setting up of AIIMS," alleged Abdullah, who faced the media for the first time since his party lost the Assembly polls last year.

He accused the ruling PDP-BJP of befooling people by joining hands together after "bashing each other during the run-up to the polls."

"This (PDP-BJP) alliance was formed with the promise of providing assistance and aide to sufferers of the horrific floods and for liberal funding. However, the state government is having more than `9,000 crore as pending bills and only amount available is the CM relief fund that is being disbursed," said Abdullah.

Accusing the PDP-BJP of politicising flood relief in the past, he asked the chief minister and state finance minister Haseeb Drabu "to swallow their ego and pride."

"Please go and beg before the Government of India. If you want I can accompany you. I used to beg before New Delhi for funds rather than making people as beggars," said the former chief minister.

He asked the Centre to release `44,000 crore relief for the flood victims and announce healthy package to bring tourism and other sectors on the tracks in the state.

Abdullah said he sees a different Sayeed compared to 2002. "Sayeed is not able to deliver. It gives me a scope of satisfaction. But I am disappointed that I was replaced by the government that can't deliver," he added.

The NC leader also smelled rat in the way forest land is being evacuated in the Jammu division. "I am for reclaiming the forest land but the way a particular community is being evacuated it seems there is more than meets the eye. It cannot be selective. We will agitate over the issue," he said.

Releasing a 17-page booklet carrying counts where the BJP-PDP has failed in the past 100 days, Abdullah attacked the 'Alliance of Agenda', a common minimum programme.

"There are different statements being made by BJP leaders. No measure has been taken on AFSPA as promised in the alliance of agenda. To stay that PDP's surrender on AFSPA is complete and total would be an understatement," he said.

He also lambasted Sayeed on his 'battle of ideas' slogan. "Those who came with ideas were arrested. Where is battle of ideas?" asked Abdullah, in an apparent reference to re-arresting of separatist Masarat Alam and repeated detention of separatists.

"Mufti went ahead and sent Alam to Kathua jail, where he is still languishing," he added.

The NC dossier also criticised the government's inability to go ahead on promises made on dialogue with Pakistan, expanding LoC trade, people-to people contact and return of power projects.

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