PDP’s Assembly boycott raises eyebrows in political circles

They Are Non-Serious: NC; Govt Attitude Unacceptable: Bhat

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Mar 17: PDP’s decision to boycott remaining sittings of the ongoing budget session of the state legislature has put a question mark over the role of the main opposition party in effectively flagging crucial issues at appropriate forums.
 Political observers opine that instead of positioning itself as a “responsive and responsible” political opponent to the NC-Congress coalition government, PDP is trying to “save its skin” by “running away” from the scene. “May be PDP doesn’t want to face the resolution seeking return of the body of Muhammad Afzal Guru,” a political observer said. He, however, hastened to add that after the latest resolution passed by Pakistan National Assembly on Afzal Guru’s hanging, any movement forward on return of Guru’s mortal remains seems to be out of question now as Government of India would never like to “oblige” such a resolution from across.
 “After all, who would benefit from the absence of PDP in the House? One this is sure that the issues related to public importance, especially constituency specific issues have got stuck in the political rivalry of NC and PDP,” he said and added that the government would also feel unaccountable without having 21 legislators of PDP to counter it on various issues of public importance.
 NC believes that PDP is playing politics of deceit and is politicizing every issue to draw political mileage out of the same. Talking to Greater Kashmir, senior NC leader and
 Law Minister Mir Saifullah said they have not asked PDP to boycott the proceedings. “It is PDP’s own decision. We can’t help it. We have to run the government. They decided to stay away, let them,” he said.
 NC Provincial President for Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani said Assembly is a sacred institution where every member is bound to highlight the people-specific issues. “It is not the place where you can fight. There, we work hard to see peoples’ issues get reflected resolved. The Assembly takes place twice a year,” he said. “PDP is interested in fighting and making issue out of everything. They should know that Assembly is not the place which can be converted into a street,” he said.
 He said rest of the year is “full of opportunities” to lock horns in a “street fight.” “I believe PDP is not serious in resolving the basic issues pertaining to the common people,” he said.
 However, PDP has a different take. While senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig distanced himself from being part of the party’s decision to boycott the rest of the proceedings, other leaders termed the NC and Congress as the parties having no interest in listening to the opposition, let alone implementing is suggestions.
 Senior PDP leader, Nizam-ud-Din Bhat said that the government was never interested in giving the main opposition a due space in the House.
 “Our grudge is not against the Assembly as it is a sacred institution. We have sacrificed a lot to reach there,” Bhat told Greater Kashmir.
 “Our decision to boycott the proceedings is genuine and is based on logic as we were compelled to do so,” he said.
 He said when the ruling dispensation is not in a mood to listen to suggestions of PDP legislators, there was no fun of attending the House. “The attitude of the ruling class is not in favour of giving legitimate space to us. So, we have decided to stay away,” he said.
 Terming the reports that PDP stayed away to save itself from voting in favour of Guru’s resolution (aimed at seeking the body back) to be taken up on March 30, as baseless, Bhat said: “The Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has insulted the sanctity of the House by saying no to the return of Guru’s body. The sense of entire House was that the body be brought back, which is almost same as that of a resolution. But Shinde hurt the sentiments of entire House. He has closed all the options.”
 He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has already accepted that he was feeling “helpless”, “one can understand how things move in the Assembly.”
 The PDP leader said in the same House, an elected representative like Er Abdur Rashid was “dragged like an animal, not once, but twice.” “When one talks about the resolution seeking return of Guru’s body, we want to know who will ensure us that we will be heard?” questioned Bhat. He said history is witness that resolutions brought by the opposition were never entertained, let alone debating them.
 Political observers believe that both parties were playing politics. “While NC wants smooth business of the House, PDP wants to gain mileage out of its boycott decision by remaining in the limelight,” said an observer. “The fact of the matter remains that the issues pertaining to common masses are getting stuck in the differences of two major political parties. There seems to be no meeting point where NC and PDP can ensure that political differences apart, let public issues get resolved.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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