Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today accused the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led PDP-BJP government of having misplaced priorities and “dividing people” instead of worrying about their welfare.
“I am very sorry that the present government instead of worrying about people and situation are further dividing people…,” Abdullah told reporters at Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) headquarters here.
High drama was witnessed yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) with a rebel group electing state Sports Minister Imran Ansari as the body’s President in an attempt to end Farooq Abdullah’s 35-year rein but the move was stayed by a Jammu court.
“I am very sorry to tell Mufti sahib, this (interference in cricket body) is not what we expected from him. We never expected that he was going to do such things. We thought he was going to do some developmental work for Kashmiris after they suffered severe floods (last year) and were still suffering.
“And are they (government) waking up? The youth of Kashmir, instead of being channelised into right groups is becoming more radicalised. Are they worried about it? Are they thinking how to save that situation? No, they are only worried about saving themselves,” he said.
The National Conference (NC) president said that the country should wake up to what was happening in the state.
“We went to register an FIR against ‘goondaism’ here yesterday. The concerned SHO refused to accept it and said he will first talk to DGP and IGP because there was a police officer with them (those who broke open the locks at JKCA) when they went, I don’t know what to do,” he said.
He alleged that the SHO was afraid of accepting the FIR.
“This is the tragedy of this government. Should India not wake up to what is happening. Shouldn’t the right minded people start thinking about this. If this is how they are going to build democracy then I must tell them please be careful. Radicalisation will be to such an extent that it will be impossible to turn it back,” Abdullah said.
The situation in the state was not under control, he said, adding that I hope it does not go out of control.
He alleged that there were magazines that were coming in with atrocious propaganda.
“This (JKCA) was one place where we thought we could channelise the energies of the youth towards betterment and we will continue to work for the youth and give them better line of thinking and better future in the world,” he said.
Abdullah, who was re-elected as JKCA President for a three-year term in May 2014 extending his rein which began in 1980, dubbed Ansari’s election as “illegal and unconstitutional”, saying he still had nearly two years left in his tenure.
However, yesterday, shortly after 42 of the 64-member JKCA declared Ansari as the new President unopposed, claiming that Abdullah did not contest, a petition was moved by the former Chief Minister’s faction in the court of sub-judge Amarjeet Singh Langey, who stayed the election results.
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