If Governor keeps indulging in theatrics, Raj Bhavan will become a joke, says PDP

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party while expressing serious concerns over the statements made by the Governor Staya Pal Malik, have said that ‘the highest institution of the state is now becoming a mere joke.”

Senior PDP leader Mohammad Sartaj Madani, in a statement said that since the day Governor Malik assumed office in the state, he goes to every TV channel and every newspaper and apparently without verifying facts, makes general comments.

“Governor’s post is constitutional and has its own dignity and it is expected from a governor that he or she performs impartially without fear and favour. However, what we are seeing in Jammu and Kashmir for the past few months is a clear bias shown by the Raj Bhavan,” said Madni, in a statement.

The PDP leader added that going by the previous statements of Governor Malik it seems that he is grudging the people of Kashmir even for having a house and according to him anybody who is owning a two-storey house in Kashmir has to be a thief.

“The height is that now the Governor is making political statements and trying to lure people towards a particular political party. Such actions will lead the state towards an anarchy,” Madni said.

He maintained further the instead of interfering unnecessarily in politics, Governor Malik should concentrate on providing basic amenities to the people who at present have been left in lurch with dearth of water and electricity.

“If he keeps indulging himself in these theatrics, time is near when the credibility of this highest post will get eroded and the Raj Bhavan will become a joke for people of the state as well as of the country,” Madni said.

He added that it has been the prime agenda of the PDP that the muscular approach will not take the state anywhere as this has been tried for many decades and hasn’t yielded any positive outcome.

Madni that it is unfortunate that some people still believe in the efficacy of these methods and are trying to repeat the old mistakes which will be meaningless and will prove counter productive. “Instead of turning the entire state into a theatre of war, there is a need to shun the repressive methods being employed against the people of Kashmir with death and violence becoming rampant with each passing day,” Madni said.

The PDP leader added that in order to get the state out of the vicious cycle of violence, PDP has been demanding a comprehensive dialogue process with all stake holders including Hurriyat, Pakistan and militant leadership.

“It is must for the success of a result oriented dialogue that all the parties are invited on the table and a lasting solution to the decades old dispute is made possible. PDP was founded with this sole objective to make strenuous efforts for the Kashmir resolution and make peace permanent in the violence infested state,” said Madni.

On Wednesday, Malik said that no one should take former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti seriously as her party is breaking up. Malik added that in a bid to save her party, she is commenting against the Indian political system.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu, Malik said: “Elections are round the corner, her party is breaking up. Her party is in a bad shape. She had come to power by stirring anti-India sentiments. Nobody should take her statements seriously.”

While reacting to the comments of Malik, Mehbooba said that it is saddening to see constitutional authorities taking sides so brazenly.

Reacting to the statement of Governor Malik,  senior PDP leader Nayeem Akhtar had said that he is proving BJP state President Ravinder Raina correct who had called him ‘Apna Banda (our own man).

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah had also hit out at the Governor saying that it won’t be long before people stop taking Raj Bhavan seriously.

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