Expressing deep grief over what it termed as "unabated killing of young men in cold blood", opposition PDP today called Chief Minister Omar Abdullah a modern day Nero presiding over death and destruction.
"Omar Abdullah, it seems has descended on the state as a modern day Nero presiding over destruction and death", party president Mehbooba Mufti said here.
Mehbooba said it seems "filling pockets, graveyards and prisons" was the only objective of the coalition government that has stamped out hope of reconciliation and peace along with the lives of our beloved young generation.
She said killing by the state had become a routine affair and it seemed Omar was trying to swamp the public opinion with too many deaths but the "awe and strike" operation has clearly boomeranged to give birth to a fresh cycle of anger and protest.
The Chief Minister had clearly underestimated resilience of the people. The latest casualties, Bilal Ahmed Wani and Tajammul of Sopore and Tariq of Delina only add to the tragedies historically caused by the callous policies of National Conference, she added.
Referring to its "ham-handed" dealing of the situation in the state, Mehbooba said Omar failed to govern from day one and had now brought the state to a virtual catastrophe which is taking toll of precious lives and a painstakingly built atmosphere of hope.
His focus on personal comfort, luxury and fun not only drained the state exchequer but also resulted in serious inadequacies in governance, she said adding, "The chief minister treated the state as a personal fief or worse, a toy that pleased his juvenile ways".
Mehbooba said Omar never realized the seriousness of his charge or the delicate nature of J&K as an administrative challenge and the results are for everyone to see. On the one hand people are falling to bullets and on the other he is involved in a blame game that only worsens the situation.