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J&K: Mehbooba Mufti alleges Governor encroaching in democratic space, hints of agitation

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GR News Desk | Srinagar

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday warned of an agitation over alleged encroachments into the democratic space by Governor Satya Pal Malik.

Addressing reporters at her Gupkar residence in Srinagar, the PDP chief said that the speed at which governor is taking decisions,it seems there is a hidden hand behind them with a definite agenda.

“What is the urgency to issue orders on a daily basis? If the trend doesn’t stop, we will be forced to launch an agitation,” said Mufti on the reported proposal of the governor to give Ladakh area status to a division.

Mufti alleged that the governor-led administration has been taking decisions which are against the interests of the state.

“We had hoped that the governor will be cautious in dealing with the sensitivities of the state. But unfortunately every day orders which add to insecurities of the people are being issued…all except few political parties are worried,” she said while talking about recent orders and controversies over J&K Bank, Roshni Act and PRC rules.

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“We respect governor sahib. Why is he (Governor) encroaching into democratic space? There is no emergency in issuing such orders. It seems somebody’s agenda is being run here and I hope Governor sahib is not involved in this,” said Mehbooba.

She said there are reports over granting the status of division to Ladakh area of Kashmir.

“There are hill development councils in both Kargil and Ladakh. All of us – PDP, NC and other independents – believe that Pir Panjal and Chenab valley should be granted status of divisions if you think of Ladakh,” she said.

“We would be forced to launch a peaceful agitation if division status is granted to Ladakh and not to Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley.”

It is to be noted that the two main political parties of the state, NC and PDP have been at loggerheads with the Raj Bhawan after the latter dissolved the assembly, hours after Mufti formed a coalition with NC and Congress. While Malik has been vocal about likely “pressure” from the centre over the dissolution, the state is headed towards an election likely to coincide with the 2019 Parliamentary elections in the country.