The National Conference on Thursday assailed the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir for precipitating situation in the Valley due to its lack of political vision, saying that it has not only caused avoidable deaths but also brought life to standstill across the state.
“The prolonged spell of uncertainty and deaths of civilians is a cause of worry that needs to be ended”, senior National Conference leaders said in a joint statement, adding that the Prime Minister must take a bold initiative in addressing all dimension of the problem. Signatories to the statement included party’s state vice president Rattan Lal Gupta, state secretary Thakur Rachpal Singh, besides Sheikh Bashir Ahmed and Pradeep Bali (both provincial secretaries).
They said that perpetual failure of the present government in understanding the sensitivities and addressing the problems by showing high degree of political will and maturity can have serious ramifications in a diverse state like Jammu and Kashmir, which has all along stood like a shining example of tranquility and amity. “The Prime Minister must come with a bold initiative and address all dimensions of the problem forthwith so that peace and normalcy is restored in Kashmir”, they added.
The NC leaders alleged that the entire state was suffering due to dicey situation in the Valley as the government appears to have gone on a long leave. In this context, they referred to governance deficit leading to erratic utility services like power, drinking water and supply of rations, saying the development had already taken a rear seat. “The insensitive government has failed on all fronts and its visibility on ground is to be nowhere seen,” they added.
They accused the PDP-BJP coalition government of pursuing wrong policies negating the peaceful environment generated and sustained by the previous National Conference government despite many odds. They cautioned the coalition government against working at cross purposes, saying that “in this dispensation, right hand does not know as what left hand is doing”. This has led to a chaotic situation which if not tackled timely could snowball into a big disaster, the NC leaders warned.