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NC-PDP feuding raises Left hackles
Published on 28 Feb. 2010 1:05 AM IST
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The continuous squabbling between the ruling National Conference and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly has provoked senior Left leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami to propose that they be given a separate place “to settle their scores”. Tarigami, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader and three-time legislator, told the assembly speaker: “Let there be a separate place for the NC and PDP to settle their scores, so that we can raise issues of public importance.” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah whose taking over the reins of the state in January last year had sparked a lot of expectations among the people, especially the youth, has reiterated on several occasions that he wanted to move ahead and work for the welfare of the state and its people. But he regretted that “vested interests” were throwing obstacles in his way. In his speech in the assembly, while replying to the motion of thanks on the governor’s address on Thursday, Omar spent more than 70 percent of the 110-minute speech in hauling the PDP and its three-year-rule (2002-05) over the coals. He blamed the PDP for almost all the ills in the state, ranging from financial irregularities to higher degree of human rights violations. In turn, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and her party have been harping only on the stone-throwers and blaming the Omar Abdullah government for “doing away with the gains of peace and progress achieved during our rule”, by his “mis-governance and non-serious attitude”. Many people in the sensitive border state are getting increasingly disenchanted with the bickering and the stone pelting by mobs over every issue. “It is an unfortunate phenomenon that is unfolding in the state, where stone pelting by mobs and the political war between the National Conference and PDP is denting the image of the state at the national level,” commented Mubassir Ahmad, a Kashmiri trader currently in the state’s winter capital Jammu. “This will affect our tourist season,” he added. “Earlier, we were seen as all of us were carrying guns, now we are seen as stone throwers. In fact, we are throwing stones at our own image,” Ahmad told IANS. The political leadership is failing the masses, feels an angry Praduman Kishen Jad, a Kashmiri Pandit migrant who is looking for a job. Demands apology for Facebook slur The ruling National conference has demanded an apology from the state’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for depicting three generations of the Abdullah family as ‘3 Idiots’ on social networking site Facebook. According to a ANI report, finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather slammed the PDP for ‘stooping low in politics’ by making fun of Abdullah dynasty, whose three generations have led the National Conference party and also headed the State government for most of its history since 1947 when it became part of the Indian union. Rather said, “The utterances of People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti are product of an alien mind.” Mehbooba Mufti denied the allegation. “If anything like that is proved that we are responsible for whatever has been put on the Facebook and we have done it, they (government) have all the powers to take action,” she said. Three generations of the Abdullahs - Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and current Chief Minister Omar Abdullah- have been depicted on the Facebook as actors of a popular Bollywood film titled ‘3 Idiots’.

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