Crisis-hit PDP says ‘Opposition miserably failed in its duties, responsibilities’

SRINAGAR: After miserably failing to end the ongoing mass uprising in Kashmir, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday passed the blame on the opposition parties, saying the opposition had “miserably failed” in its duties and responsibilities.

Senior party leader and former parliamentarian, Mehboob Beg, said the opposition was trying to give a “political colour” to the protests by creating an impression that the protests were at peak in South Kashmir, a region where the ruling party has a strong support.

“It is strange that the Opposition which has failed miserably in discharging its role is trying to put the blame for its failure at the Chief Minister’s door-step. They have failed in discharging their role, a role that an Opposition party ought to discharge in any democratic set-up,” Beg said in a statement issued to JandK Now.

“No democratic set-up is complete without an effective and responsible Opposition and the role of the government of the day and the Opposition is often complimentary to each other,” Beg said. “The Opposition has failed in its duties and responsibilities.”

“Erstwhile Anantnag district comprising of Anantnag Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama has always been politically aware. Every politically conscious person would know that this is where not only the National Conference thrived at one point in time, but also Congress took roots under the able leadership of Mufti [Mohammad Sayeed] Sahab, even the CPIM has had two MLAs, besides the Jamat-e-Islami having its own influential pockets,” said Mehboob.

“It is in this backdrop that we must appreciate and recognize that Mehbooba Mufti toiled hard to create a space for herself and her party in the region and successfully created and then occupied a vast space and void, playing the most effective Opposition,” said Beg.

Beg further said that with Mehbooba Mufti taking over the reins of the government, the roles have changed and it was for the Opposition to occupy the space that had been created for them by “Mehbooba Mufti’s constant hard-work.”