The ruling Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday made a passionate appeal to Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani to give Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti "a chance she deserves."
The statement, from PDP's chief spokesman Dr Mehboob Beg, came barely two days after the Chief Minister vowed tough action against "five percent people" who, according to her, are behind the ongoing Kashmir uprising, and on the day Mehbooba met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi in a bid to restore normalcy in the region.
Beg, the former National Conference leader who later joined PDP and was designated as its chief spokesman, hailed Mehbooba Mufti's statement wherein she has appealed to the protestors to give her a chance.
"It is only fair that she is given a chance, it is not that she is asking for the moon. We must give her a chance to address our grievances as we have done with leaders in the past," said Beg.
He appealed to Geelani to "cooperate in this regard and give Mehbooba Mufti the opportunity that she deserves."
"Geelani Sahab must think of Mehbooba Mufti as his daughter, who also happens to be the first Kashmiri Muslim woman to lead our state. She is not the conventional politician that we deal with most of the times, in-case she does not bring about a change, she will be the first to own up and make way. I appeal to Geelani Sahab to give her a chance, she understands the pain and pulse of the people as she has risen from the grassroots," Beg said in the statement.
He said it would be "fair that we give her a chance that she thoroughly deserves as the Chief Minister of the State who has risen from the grassroots."
"She is not asking for the moon, she is merely seeking a chance and an opportunity to perform and address the problems faced by the people, we must give her that chance and then judge her," he appealed.
It is pertinent here that Geelani is under house arrest since 2010, except he is allowed to leave for New Delhi in winters.