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Why PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is fuming?

September 19, 2010 14:39 IST

People's Democratic Party has threatened to reconsider its participation in the all-party initiative of the Centre, accusing the Jammu and Kashmir government of sabotaging the visit of the delegation by clamping curfew in the Valley.

"If the repressive measures continue, we will have to reconsider our decision (of being part of the all-party initiative)," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told media persons in Srinagar.

She said there was no purpose in the visit of the all-party delegation if the members of the civil society, those raising the voice of dissent and the common people are not allowed to meet it.

"Our MLAs are not able to reach us. Nobody would go to meet the delegation while being insulted at every nook ad corner as strict curfew has been imposed," she said.

Terming the visit of the delegation as a delayed response, the PDP president expressed hope that the delegation, besides meeting the civil society and common man, would also reach out to the "voices of dissent" if they do not come forward to meet it.

"The mainstream parties, including the government, have already put forth their points of view before the Centre. The other voices also need to be heard to get the true picture of the situation in Kashmir," she said.

Mehbooba accused the state government of sabotaging the visit of the delegation by creating a situation where only the "mainstream and government-sponsored delegations are able to meet".

"The state government has started sabotage process (of the all-arty delegation visit). There was no call for protests or strike (by the separatists) but curfew has still been imposed for 72 hours," the PDP president said.

She accused the state government of declaring "total war" against the people by impeding their normal activities including harvesting of paddy and fruit crops.

"The government is playing a Twenty20 match by provoking a harder response from the separatists. This government has become a red rag for the bull," she said.

Describing the National Conference-Congress coalition government as a "body on ventilator", Mehbooba said it is out to destroy every institution on its way out.

Dismissing suggestions that the protests in Kashmir were instigated or sponsored, she said while it is an acknowledged fact that there is a Kashmir problem, the situation has been aggravated by the "mishandling" and "mis-governance" by the state government.

"There is a mass anger in Kashmir which has been precipitated by the mishandling of the situation by this government. There were lot of expectations after 2008 elections but people have been let down," she said.

Asked if the present anger on the streets was directed against the state government or the Centre, she said the state government has brought the people of Kashmir in direct confrontation with not only the Centre, but the entire nation.