Srinagar: After the recent episodes of atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, former chief minister of the state Omar Abdullah has criticised current CM Mehbooba Mufti and her government for not being able to maintain law and order in the state.
He said, “This government cannot rule properly in the state; the government is unable to conduct elections for the seat that Mehbooba Mufti (Current CM) had herself vacated. Police personnel cannot go back to their residencies, the situation is so bad there is nothing but darkness in the region.”
“Even as the situation worsens, I feel it is shameful that Mehbooba Mufti is clinging on to her seat,” he added.
Farooq Abdullah shares a similar view on the issue, and he had made it clear that either Mufti would have to give her resignation or her government must be dismissed, with the governor taking command.
“Managing the state is not something they (Mehbooba govt) are good at,” he concluded.
After April 9 – the first date for J&K bypolls which was cancelled due to low voter turnout and large-scale violence – the scenario in Kashmir has been worsening.
Not only did stone-peters attack jawans of the CRPF, but the army men also retaliated – rather controversially – by tying an alleged stone-pelter to the bonnet of a jeep.
Even though Farooq Ahmed Dar, 26, said he was not a stone-pelter, the government seems to have backed the commanding officer’s decision who said that the move was undertaken in dire circumstances.
Besides, several counts of unrest were recorded in the Valley during the buildup to the elections – schools assigned as poll stations were burnt down and police officials were threatened, leading to the lowest voter turnout in the last three decades in the state.
While only 7 per cent voting was recorded on April 9, the re-elections that took place on last Thursday had a voter turnout of just 2.2 per cent.
On Saturday, results for the disputed polls in Srinagar saw National Conference leader emerge victorious from the region, thus regaining the pride he lost in 2014.