Srinagar, Apr 13: Tourism Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Tasaduq Mufti, who is also the younger brother of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken on the BJP led NDA government head on by expressing his dismay over “non-fulfilling of commitments.”
Tasaduq in an interview to New Delhi based newspaper has made it clear that people don’t trust ruling PDP-BJP regime in Jammu and Kashmir and “PDP has ended up being partners in a crime (with BJP) that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood.”
Tasaduq’s statement has come just day before the PDP ministers have been asked to gather in Srinagar for an emergency meeting. “It looks like that meeting has be called to decide whether to carry on with the alliance with BJP or to pull out?”
Sources told Precious Kashmir that New Delhi giving a cold response to the requests of the Peoples Democratic Party is making the party rethink its strategy. “It has reached to the point whether to carry on or not.” they added.
“Unabated killings in Kashmir and two BJP ministers participating in a rally in favour of the accused involved in heinous rape and murder case of an 8-year old nomad girl have pushed PDP to the edge,” sources said.
“Repeated pleas of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to hold talks with Pakistan and the separatists in Kashmir have fallen flat on deaf ears. During the past few months the Chief Minister has visited New Delhi on many occasions and every time she has requested the top BJP leaders to reshape their Kashmir policy but she has not got any positive response from the other side,” said a PDP leader.
He said, “PDP sacking Haseeb Drabu was a message to BJP that it should stop feeding its ministers and it should refrain from projecting PDP as the extension of the saffron party. Despite our party raking up the burning issues again and again, BJP has ignored us.”
An insider said that PDP top brass is under pressure to take a decisive call about continuing its alliance with the BJP. “Tasaduq Mufti has made it clear that promoting tourism and centrally sponsored schemes are no solution to Kashmir issue and BJP is turning a blind eye towards the real issue. It’s a big statement and would have shaken the BJP leadership in New Delhi,” he said, adding that “It’s unfortunate that a few people in New Delhi are of the opinion that they can make us dance to their tunes but they are mistaken,” the insider said.
A PDP leader said, “We will be meeting in Srinagar to chalk out the future strategy.”
Asked is there any possibility bout PDP pulling out from the coalition he said, “Please wait and watch,” he added.