‘Govt Formation Only When Rights of People Honoured,’ says Mehbooba



KL Image: Mehbooba Mufti
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PDP president Ms Mehbooba Mufti Sunday is believed to have told her party members that she “will not sacrifice the interests of the state for power”. “Government can be in place in 24 hours if rights of people were respected,” Mehbooba, according to party insiders, said.

Mufti strongly supported her father Mufti Sayeed’s decision to ally with the BJP saying “verdict offered only this option”. “He was used to taking unpopular decisions and sticking to them and eventually history would prove him correct,” a party leader quoted her saying.

PDP held its second meeting since demise of its patron and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 07. Since January 09, J&K is under governor’s rule.

In the last nine months of the alliance, Ms Mufti said many things happened across various social and economic sectors. “But it was not seen because of the atmospherics around.”

Mehbooba, the sources said, asserted, “the atmosphere of trust is somehow missing.”

Insisting that she will not “sacrifice the interests of the state and the dignity of people for power”, a party leader quoted Mehbooba saying, “but once I see that interests of the people and the state are safeguarded, it will take only 24 hours for the government to takeover.”

All the top leaders of the party including lawmakers were present except MP Tariq Hameed Karra. Sources close to Karra said he had flown to Dubai to see his son and had informed the party in anticipation.

Party leaders generally took the line that while “power is all right, the party must see if it can deliver on the promises that had been made to the people”.

Sources said that PDP members decided that they should not “end up compromising the dignity of the people”. “There was only one former cabinet minister who was supportive of immediate government formation,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, the PDP president has called meeting of legislature party on Monday at 2 Pm  at her residence here.


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