What was wrong with Mufti’s agenda, asks Omar

Srinagar, March 18 (IANS) Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday asked PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti to explain what was wrong with the agenda of alliance her late father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had authored a year ago before forming the PDP-BJP ruling alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Mehbooba’s father negotiated the agenda of alliance (with the BJP). So she (Mehbooba) must tell us what was wrong with it,” Abdullah tweeted, pointing out that Sayeed had ruled the state for “10 months with this agenda”.

“If all she wanted was the agenda of alliance, that was a roadmap with a six-year implementation period. So what was the problem with (the) timeframe?”

Abdullah’s tweets, criticizing the Peoples Democratic Party chief, came after PDP’s talks with the Bharatiya Janata Party over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir apparently hit the dead end in New Delhi.

Ram Madhav, the BJP leader in charge of Jammu and Kashmir, said his party was not ready to accept PDP’s conditions for forming a coalition government again. Some PDP leaders said that the alliance between the two ideologically different parties was almost over.

Abdullah lashed out at Mehbooba Mufti and said her demands were vague and had tripped her.

“It seems she didn’t know what she wanted from the centre and got tripped up because her demands were too vague and her response too erratic.”

The National Conference leader said the PDP chief would now act as if Prime Minister Narendra Modi had let the state down.

“Watch how Mehbooba Mufti will now try and claim that her party wasn’t asking for anything new and how the PM has let down J&K.”

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s Rule following the death of Chief Minister Sayeed in January.

Mehbooba Mufti, who emerged as a unanimous choice of her party to replace her father, sought fresh concessions from the central government to continue with the alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

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