We will expose PDP in Assembly: Omar22 February 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said today that he will expose the lies of PDP especially its Legislature Party leader Mehbooba Mufti in the Assembly during his reply to Motion of Thanks on Governorís Address, scheduled for Thursday. 'I will react in the House. I have answers to her all allegations. I will show her track record. What happened during PDP led Governmentís six year tenure and what we have achieved in just one year will be revealed in the Assembly', Mr Abdullah told the Excelsior when asked about Ms Muftiís charge that the Government was following Ďbullet for stoneí policy in Kashmir. Expecting a stormy budget session with all elements of drama, he said the NC too did the Opposition for six years but never damaged the institution of Governor. However, he added, the Government canít tell the Opposition on how to conduct its affairs. Replying to a question on the incidents of stone pelting and the role of some businessmen and political activists in funding stone pelting, the Chief Minister said the issue was part of ongoing investigations and canít be shared at this stage. 'We are in the process of identifying the businessmen. Let the investigations conclude and we will bring out facts before the public', he said, adding if motive of the Ďfinanciers of stone peltersí was disclosed at this stage they would be identified. 'Needless to say these are the people (financiers of stone pelters) who were not interested in normalcy in the State and didnít want the coalition Government to succeed. But, we will not allow them to succeed', Mr Abdullah said. He, however, added that a businessman with wide network of dealership and some kerosene oil dealers were instrumental in funding stone pelters. He said some stone pelters could be driven by ideology while a number of others were doing it for money. According to him, the stone pelters would be booked for murder in the killing of a child today during stone pelting in Baramulla. Without directly naming PDP, he charged the principal Opposition party of instigating the stone pelters. On Oppositionís plan to disrupt proceedings of the House, he said with this kind of approach they would make the Government task easier. 'We didnít have to face relentless questions. We will just listen shouting Opposition members and have an easy time. If the Opposition is really interest in cornering the Government, they must allow the House to run smoothly'. On the Government move to facilitate return of Kashmiri youths from PoK, Mr Abdullah said Home Department of the State has been asked to work out a draft rehabilitation policy to take it up with the Union Home Ministry. 'We canít fix a time frame for the draft policy but we are working on it. Hopefully, a part of it would be ready during budget session of the Legislature after which communications will begin with the Government of India', he said, adding the Government was preparing a rehabilitation policy and not surrender policy, which was already in force for past several years. Rehabilitation policy will apply on those youths, who had gone across for arms training and were willing to come back without weapons. Asserting that the Government didnít have exact number of the youths who had gone across for arms training and were willing to return, the Chief Minister said the policy would be applicable to those who return without weapons. To a question that youths willing to return could be stopped by Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), he said the State Government has no control over the situation on other side of the border. However, he was of the view that he didnít find any reasons of the policy not succeeding. On BJPís criticism of the policy, Mr Abdullah said the BJP should start criticising the policy from Punjab where its alliance partner and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has sought a similar approach for Sikh youths held up in Pakistan. 'We are supporting Mr Badalís stand. I support return of Sikh youths from Pakistan. But the BJP canít have two policies-opposing return of the youths in J&K and supporting it in Punjab', he asserted. On whether, the Ďquiet diplomacyí of the Union Home Ministry has collapsed, the Chief Minister admitted that the things were quiet on this front. 'Silence means either the quiet diplomacy is very successful or it is not happening at all', he averred but pointed out that even Indo-Pak talks had stopped in the past but now have been resumed. The Chief Minister said elections to Local Bodies will be completed before first half of May while Panchayat elections would be held by the end of this year. He said the security situation was well under control in the State though some serious bids to infiltration by militants have been made especially in Jammu region this year which have by and large been neutralised. However, he maintained that there was no scope for lowering the guard. Mr Abdullah said the National Conference-Congress tie up was working very well with both parties having smooth relations. During one year of Government functioning, there has been no fight in the Cabinet meetings, not even once though such a fight had become a routine in the PDP Government. To a question on two vacancies of Ministers in the Government, the Chief Minister said they would remain vacant in future as well. Whether these posts wouldnít be filled at all in remaining five year term of the Government? Mr Abdullah declined to comment. On reasons for not filling the vacancies including the one that there were a number of contenders for them, he said there were a number of reasons which canít be disclosed.