In a scathing attack on the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, former Chief Minister and National Conference's Working President Omar Abdullah on Sunday said the security situation in the state "worsened" in the past two years while militancy also "reared its head."
"There is no governance visible on ground and no decisions are taken in the Cabinet as there is only confrontation there," Omar said, addressing party leaders at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here. He said the security situation "worsened" in the state while militancy "reared its head" during the tenure of the present regime.
"There is no improvement in the situation, it has only gone worse," Omar said.
To make his point, he referred to recent militant attacks in Jammu, Uri, Nagrota, Akhnoor and some other places, saying "all this shows the situation hasn't improved, but only worsened."
Omar said the present government has failed to give a sense of security to the people.
"Maximum number of security personnel including police and CRPF men has been killed in 2016 during the PDP-BJP rule in the state," Omar said.
He said the government has failed on both governance and development fronts and "is only inaugurating works initiated by either my government or the erstwhile UPA government at the Centre."
"Had there been this government during the 2014 floods, Kashmir would have been still under water," Omar said as a sarcastic remark. "This government disappears even in two-inch snow. If this is the situation in Srinagar, what would be the situation in hilly and far-flung areas?"
Omar also questioned the PDP-BJP government: "Where is Rs 80,000 crore package announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Srinagar?"
"Where it has been utilized? Has any new road been constructed? Is there any improvement in health, power and education sectors? Has any new project been started by this government?"
Omar said: "They are only inaugurating the works initiated by us. You (PDP-BJP) say there is no dearth of funds but please tell me where are you utilizing them?"
Omar said attempts are being made to pit "region against region and religion against religion."
"Is this governance and do we call this a government?" Omar said.
"You remove 4-5 people from their jobs and claim you have won the fight against corruption but the court reinstates them the next day," Omar said.