Muftis are the product of the same politics that Omar is
It’s almost certain that the PDP and communal forces are joining hands to form a coalition Government in the State, bringing the two to the same level. It was known that some PDP leaders were pushing the party towards the BJP with the sole motive of grabbing the power for the next six years and, maybe, for the last time in their life.
What will be their mode of governance? Who would be the CM and for how long? These things will be known only when a formal announcement on the issues is made by the respective parties? However, it has been quite interesting to note how the PDP set the stage for coalition formation, making it ‘clear’ to Kashmiris that it had no option but to ally with the BJP. Once done, they will talk about how politically convenient and important this alliance was for the State? I’d give full credit to it for befooling the people and making them believe that if the PDP didn’t form a Government with the BJP, the State would run into trouble. The two issues that were talked about much as a basis for forming a coalition—one, that we need better State-Centre relationship and, two, if the State and Central ruling party join hands, it fetches funds smoothly—have always appeared to me bizarre as they mean nothing more than surrendering the State’s right to its rightful share in the development.
We have now been experiencing coalition governments for many years but never did GoI give more than the allocated budget to the State. The UPA government appointed too many committees that recommended so many CBMs but never were any of these CBMs implemented. It’s because of these reasons that I find Omar’s accusations against the PDP as childish because in his own time, Omar compromised on everything—AFSPA, Shopian murder, Machil encounter, Kunanposhpora rapes, Chhitisingpora massacre and many others—for the CM’s post—he even compromised his honour when a Congress minister refused to resign. Not only that, in order to stay as a minister in the Vajpayee Government, he compromised on their own Autonomy Document which is gathering dust in Delhi.