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Mehboob Iqbal, Dr Shahid Mougal join NC

Targets Mehbooba for describing her former colleagues as garbage

 Jammu, Jan 07: Asserting that the coalitions have not worked in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Monday pleaded for a single party government.

“In fact, the coalition culture has failed in various parts of the country as well and in a state like Jammu and Kashmir. A stable and strong dispensation was of paramount importance to steer it out of the mess created during the past nearly four years,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah said at a party function held to greet former PDP general secretary Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal, president Bhaderwah Municipal Council, into National Conference (NC).

According to a party press release, Omar Abdullah said the people, dejected by PDP-BJP’s misrule during past over three years, “are yearning for early elections to send out a terse message to the Centre about its misadventure by thrusting an insensitive and anti-poor government upon the state.”

Claiming massive support and goodwill towards NC in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, he exuded confidence that the party will give a stable and responsive government for fulfilling peoples’ urges and aspirations.

Referring to prominent political leaders joining NC, Omar Abdullah decried the statement of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, describing her party’s quitting leaders as “garbage” and said “this speaks volumes about lowest depths of political discourse”.

He said large-scale desertions in the PDP are reflective of the anger among people for the miseries caused to them during the past three-and-half years.

Omar Abdullah also referred to Mufti’s observations about the BJP and its central leaders and said when in power she used to walk extra miles in praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he was offering all assistance to the state even without asking.  Now Ms Mufti is seeing everything bad in the BJP, in whose company her government inflicted scars and bruises to the public psyche, which are hard to be healed.”

He said Mehbooba’s “toffee and milk tag to youngsters of the Valley is still haunting the people”.

Omar Abdullah also accused the BJP of neglecting development and alienating the people of the State. He said disillusionment with the BJP is so grave that even its MP from Leh and several corporators in the LAHDC have deserted it.

Omar Abdullah welcomed Mehboob Iqbal and Dr Shahid Mougal, saying this will further reinvigorate NC in the Chenab Valley region and contribute towards formation of a pro-people government in the state.

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