Will Be A Constructive Opposition: Mehbooba

30 December 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday welcomed the Congress-National Conference (NC) alliance for government formation. She said her party would play the role of a constructive Opposition but would not compromise on its agenda. Wishing the NC president and chief Minister-designate Omar Abdullah the best, she said: “I will work with the government for the peace and stability in the State. It is a welcome step that a democratically elected government is taking over the State and people will heave a sigh of relief after months-long uncertainty.” Ms. Mufti made it clear that there would be no compromise on the political agenda of her party - the resolution of the Kashmir issue through the measures taken by the former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. “Power-sharing is not important for us but it is the agenda which matters.” The NC’s agenda somehow suited the Congress as the PDP’s “healing touch” policy did not suit them. The PDP leader pointed out that her party advocated self-rule, dual currency free trade across the Line of Control and it might be conflicting with the Congress’ national policy. The PDP was more than happy with its performance in the elections “as we have improved our tally by five seats and our vote share has increased to a large extent.” She, however, felt anguished over the fact that the Congress ignored them despite the fact that “we are part of the UPA. “Courtesy demands that they should have consulted us before going with the NC,” said Ms. Mufti, who supported the Manmohan Singh-led government in the vote of confidence after the Left withdrew support. Earlier, PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed expressed disappointment, saying that morally the UPA should have sounded his party before going with the NC. Mr. Sayeed clarified that the PDP neither approached the Congress for alliance nor was there any communication between the two.