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On coalition- Mehbooba, Sajad differ with Omar

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Say, single party rule has history of sell-outs; brought in a vicious unending cycle of violence

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Srinagar, Jan 08: Training guns at the rival NC, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said coalition governments deliver better results than single-party majority regimes.

And Peoples Conference chairman, Sajad Lone expressed identical views on the issue saying single party rule has done no good to Kashmir.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president was reacting to National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah’s statement asking people of Jammu and Kashmir to give a clear mandate to any one party.

“Brute majority has had a history of sell outs in JK. With 60 members NC sold out power houses, brought Ikhwan, task force, POTA,” Mehbooba tweeted.

“Even earlier when NC had absolute majority and unqualified political mandate it only yielded powers, resources of state to Centre,” she said.

The former chief minister further said the coalition led by her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the state had established “a high bar of achievements — opening of cross LOC roads (being) the singular political achievement post-independence”.

She said post-Indira Gandhi era, coalition governments had delivered better results than single party rule.

“Even at national level it seems post Indira Gandhi, coalition governments have delivered better than majority party rule e.g, Vajpayee coalition, UPA-1 compared to present BJP single party rule,” she said.

“Recall Narisimarao (sic) minority government which brought the country out of its worst economic crisis and introduced economic liberalisation,” she added in the tweet.

Speaking at a function in Jammu on Monday, Abdullah had said that “experiment of coalitions” had not worked well in J-K.

“I want people of the state to elect a single party government in Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the challenges and magnitude of problems faced by the people,” he had said.

Meanwhile, PC chairman Sajad Lone expressed identical thoughts in a tweet.

“Single party rule is the ideal solution but certainly not NC. Single party rule of NC from 1975 onwards brought in 1987 and then 1989 – a vicious unending cycle of violence which has consumed more than 100000 lives,” Sajad tweeted.

In another tweet, Sajad commented: “1996 outrageously rigged – 2/3 majority was handed over a (sic) platter to BC. Wonder what was left undone that they would want to do now. 1996-2002 was a gory tale of murder and mayhem. Now they want a decisive mandate again. God save us,”

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