How Abdullahs Became Richest In J&K, Asks Mehbooba

How Abdullahs Became Richest In J&K, Asks Mehbooba

2 November 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Accusing National Conference of being fountainhead of corruption in the State irrespective of whether it was in coalition or enjoyed majority in the assembly, opposition PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Friday said how Abdullahs became richest in the State and demanded setting up of a commission to probe assets of politicians post-1975 accord. “NC was responsible for according social respectability to corruption after their two decade long hunger in wilderness between 1953 and 1975. Until the tallest leader of NC began his second innings in power in 1975 with allocation of prime state lands to his family, corruption was still viewed with contempt in the state,” Mehbooba said in a hard hitting statement issued here. She said given the ‘unholy haste’ with which the post accord cabinet in its first meeting allotted Gupkar land to Abdullah family, it seems the 1975 accord was signed only to rehabilitate them in the nature of the latter day Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)”. “One wonders how a family in which no member ever did a proper job or business except politics is now among the richest in the State if one goes only by their declared assets” she said. Mehbooba said J&K needs a commission to probe all politicians for their assets post 1975, and she offered her own as the first. “Omar was using coalition as an alibi to cover up his failure in tackling corruption as he lacked moral credibility following allegations against him in Yousuf Haji death case. Otherwise he has been a beneficiary of Congress indulgence, which stood by him more vocally than even his own party when he faced the serious charges,” she said. She said Farooq Abdullah continues to in UPA cabinet when he should have been in the company of A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi for his role in the swindling of money meant for promoting cricket in the state. “The coalition under Omar is functioning as a mutual benefit arrangement and the Chief Minister, who should have led by example by offering himself for probe is now trying to philosophize the loot promoted by him. But he must understand there are no takers for such misleading claims now”. Mehbooba said some of the ruling politicians could not afford an auto-rickshaw before becoming ministers but now owned sprawling estates, thriving businesses, luxuries and costliest cars. “Some persons close to Chief Minister wielding extra constitutional authority have experienced windfall gains during last four years adding phenomenally to their fortunes in every conceivable way and it is unimaginable that Omar would be unaware of this”. Referring to what she said collapse of transparency institutions like State Information Commission (SIC), State Accountability Commission (SAC) and State Vigilance Commission (SVC), she said this had been done deliberately to provide space for unchecked plunder of state resources by the ruling politicians. The PDP president said Omar by going against the SAC to High Court challenging its jurisdiction on technical reasons had shown way to his colleagues in the cabinet many of whom have also secured stay orders on same grounds. “For a well meaning chief minister it would have been preferable to subject his conduct to scrutiny and if there was a technical hurdle it should have been removed by the government rather than use it as a fig leaf and decapacitate an institution”. “It seems Omar is talking to people of another planet by complaining of corruption resulting from coalition compulsions as everybody remembers how Farooq government before his had converted government jobs into a commodity even though he enjoyed a majority in the legislature. The same practice has been revived now and about 1 lakhs jobs are vacant with apprehensions that the ruling party agents may be collecting money from the gullible unemployed youth. Similarly the government money is distributed like favor for political or pecuniary considerations,” she said Mehbooba accused the government of promoting black marketing of even cooking gas, causing an unprecedented crisis. “At least the unsubsidized cylinders should have been available without hassles. J&K was the only State, where scarcity in spite of price rise was experienced. This would have never been possible if the government and its agents were not direct beneficiaries of this brazen loot, which has literally broken the back of common man,” she added.