PDP Covered Up Scandal In 2006, Says Omar

19 August 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has criticised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for a “cover-up” of the sex scandal in 2006. He said that the PDP was frustrated at being out of power and did not allow the State to grow. Mr. Abdullah accused the former Chief Minister and PDP founder, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, of ignoring the same scandal during his tenure as “his own people were involved.” Mr. Abdullah said he never expected the PDP to stoop so low. Holding Mr. Sayeed responsible for a “cover-up,” he said “he [Mr. Sayeed] preferred to shut his eyes and never bothered how callously the daughters of Kashmir were being exploited by his own people. He should have resigned at that very time if he would have been real son of soil.” Praise for Azad Mr. Abdullah, however, lauded the former Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, who handed over the investigation of the scandal to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Abdullah said that Mr. Sayeed had always worked against the National Conference and brought in Jagmohan as Governor in 1990 which forced Farooq Abdullah to resign. The Chief Minister alleged that the PDP was indulging in destabilising the State which “I want to take on the path of peace, prosperity and development.” “They better wait for six years and face elections rather than resorting to such gimmicks,” he said, adding that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti broke all records of decency when she wrenched the microphone from the table of the Speaker of the Assembly. Stretching further his destabilisation charge, the Chief Minister said, “It is for the first time that such a massive financial support has come from the Centre under plan funds. Apart from the Rs.5,500 crore being earmarked for the State from plan outlay another Rs.1,200-crore package has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan and they do not want us to progress.”