Taking PDP-BJP government head-on, senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Wednesday said the coalition government should shun rhetoric and focus on initiating dialogue process with all stakeholders including separatists on Kashmir issue.
"You (PDP) should keep your ego aside and talk to Geelani Sahab, Mirwaiz Sahab and other stakeholders for the resolution of the Kashmir issue which is lingering on," former Minister Sagar said while replying to the Cut Motion on Demand on Grants of Finance Department in the Legislative Assembly.
"Instead of mere slogans and hollow talks, you should initiate dialogue, this chair will not remain with you all the time, we have seen ministers, chief ministers come and go," he said adding, "PDP-BJP alliance which had mandate from both Jammu and Kashmir should not waste time in announcing cosmetic treatments instead you must grab this opportunity to resolve the issue which is lingering on and fulfill promises which you made to the people of the state while forging alliance."
Sagar, while interrupting Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu, said, "Don't look into the issue of Kashmir by the economist perspective," adding, "You should take cue from what happened in 2016."
"When you presented first Budget here, you talked about developing Constituency of Peace," he said adding, "Peace is prerequisite for implementation of Budget package, you have yourself mentioned in the economic survey about its impact on the developmental front."
"Their (PDP-BJP) Agenda of Alliance which they term as sacred has mentioned that talks should be initiated will all the stakeholders, but after passing of two years, why isn't there an effort by the government."
"Hold talks if you want peace to prevail and we don't need this cosmetic treatment," he said adding "Let us work together to resolve this problem and this can happen only when government takes on board all stakeholders including MLAs."
Sagar said that beyond the budget the issue is that this all is possible only if peace prevails and steps need to be taken for that.