February 2019 News
Guv Says PDP 'breaking Up', Mehbooba Isn't Amused6 February 2019
Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday sparked a political row after remarking that 'PDP is breaking up . nobody should take Mehbooba's statements seriously' with the regional parties accusing him of meddling in the political battles of the state. Interacting with journalists on the sidelines of a function in Jammu, Malik said nobody should take former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's statements seriously as PDP was 'breaking up' and 'she is trying to save the party by commenting against the forces and India's political system.' 'Elections are round the corner, her party is breaking up. Her party is in a bad shape. She had come to power by stirring anti-India sentiments. Her statements will not affect the morale of the security forces. Nobody should take them seriously,' he said. The remarks by the Governor Malik didn't go down well with the mainstream parties of Kashmir who accused the Raj Bhawan of meddling in political affairs of the border state. 'Governor Sb this is an unacceptable statement & an unnecessary interference in politics. At this rate it won't be long before people stop taking Raj Bhavan seriously so please consider the office you occupy before you give statements,' former CM and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said. Of late, the PDP chief has been critical of the BJP-led central government, accusing the party of propagating a Hindutva agenda detrimental to 'the soul and spirit of the country's democratic set-up'. However, the latest flare-up took place after Mehbooba's remarks that the Army was committing atrocities on people of Kashmir after her visit to the SMHS hospital on Tuesday where she visited a youth who was allegedly tortured in custody by a unit of Army's 44 RR from Pulwama. The PDP chief also tweeted on Wednesday that it was 'difficult to differentiate between the Congress and the BJP as the politics of both the parties was driven by Hindutva. 'The Yogi government (Uttar Pradesh) withdrew cases against accused in Muzaffarabad riots. The Madhya Pradesh government slapped PSA (NSA) against three accused of cow slaughter. From UP to MP, political lines are getting blurred and it is difficult to differentiate between the Congress and the BJP. Hindutva drives the real politics in modern India,' Mehbooba said in a tweet. She was commenting on the decision of the Congress government in MP to invoke National Security Act against three persons accused in a cow slaughter case and the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh recommending withdrawal of 38 criminal cases against 100 accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. Reacting to the Governor's remarks, Mehbooba tweeted: 'Instead of taking cognizance of the brutality that the young boy has been subjected to , and ordering action against the culprits , it is sad that the honourable governor is talking politics instead. Saddened to see the constitutional authorities taking sides so brazenly.'