June 2016 News

Cong Leader Compares Mehbooba With Sheikh Abdullah

26 June 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: The Congress old guard Makhan Lal Fotedar has said the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has the same spark and wisdom as that of National Conference founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and is emerging as popular a leader as Sheikh had been. In an exclusive chat with Greater Kashmir, Fotedar said after assessing the situation on ground, he found that no one was talking against Mehbooba. 'Even her foes couldn't find any major fault in the functioning of the government and in the leadership qualities of the Chief Minister. This reflects her popularity. I see no fault in the governance. She is leading the flock nicely,' Fotedar said. He said given the mood on ground, Mehbooba seems to be emerging as popular as NC founder Sheikh was at one stage of Kashmir politics. 'Sheikh was extremely popular for a long period among the masses and I can see same spark in Mehbooba. She is turning out to be very popular female leader of Jammu and Kashmir,' said Fotedar, who was here to pay obeisance at Mata Kheer Bhawani at Tulmulla in Ganderbal district. He said PDP-BJP coalition is working smoothly and will complete its full term. 'No one in the government is angry with Mehbooba. People are happy too. So I see no reason for the coalition to break,' the Congress leader said. He said that at one stage, Mehbooba will side with the secular forces. 'She has to do it in future as she has no other choice,' Fotedar said. On the idea of adjusting non-migrant Kashmiri Pandits in separate Colonies, he said that the idea isn't good. 'They are residents of Kashmir and can live anywhere; why separate colonies for them,' he said. 'Kashmir has been an example of mixed culture. I believe KPs, who are willing to return, won't live in separate accommodations.' He said the Congress party was gaining momentum slowly and would emerge as a vibrant force in future. 'People of Kashmir are secular and they will vote for secular forces in future,' he said.