Why was Altaf Silent when Drabu Opposed Flood Package? asks NC, says Bukhari v/s Singh a ‘Fixed Match’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

National Conference Tuesday lashed out at the PDP-BJP Government for enacting ‘fixed-matches and dramas’ over the miseries of thousand of flood victims who continue to await any compensation or rehabilitation from the Government.

Reacting strongly to the “theatrical fixed-match” being enacted between two Cabinet Ministers over the quantum of the flood victim rehabilitation package, NC Provincial said such “ploys” cannot absolve PDP of its role in “sabotaging and subverting” the Rs 44,000 Crore flood relief package that was sought from the Union Government by the previous NC-led Omar Abdullah Government.

“The Deputy Chief Minister of the State, Dr Nirmal Singh has clearly said that Rs 3,600 Crore was a ‘sufficient’ amount for flood victim relief and rehabilitation and for dealing with the infrastructural damage caused by the natural calamity. How can Altaf Bukhari pretend to oppose this statement today when he remained silent when his own party colleague and Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu opposed the Rs 44,000 Crore Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Package on the floor of the Assembly? Why did Altaf Bukhari remain silent when Dr Haseeb Drabu did back then what Dr Nirmal Singh has done today? This is nothing but a fixed match to conceal the utter failure of the Mufti-led Government in doing justice with the flood victims,” NC said in a statement this evening.

The NC statement further said that PDP had played a “pivotal role” in allowing the BJP and the Union Government to “avoid” accepting the Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Package.

“PDP is on board on the decision to ignore the flood victims. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. PDP has its own Finance Minister and its own Chief Minister. Rather than supporting the Rs 44,000 Crore Flood Package that the NC-led Government had sought based on assessment of losses, PDP chose its own ego over the interests of the devastated flood victims. Till today there hasn’t been a single serious effort from either the Chief Minister or the Finance Minister to demand a package from New Delhi. These fixed-matches between Cabinet Ministers now are for media consumption. Such ploys to fool the people won’t succeed,” the statement added.

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