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Governor encroaching on democratic space: Mufti

ANI  |  Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] 

Peoples (PDP) and former Minister on Friday took on Satya Pal Malik, accusing him "encroaching on the democratic space" and taking decisions against the interest of state at the behest of the Centre.

Implicitly targeting the (BJP) led central government, Mehbooba said: "The is encroaching on the democratic space and is issuing orders that are not required; there seems to be no emergency for issuing such orders. It seems that some agenda is being run in and is part of it," said Mufti.

"Whether it was about declaring Bank a Public Sector Unit, or changing the procedure of the state subject or the Juvenile Act, the Governor's decisions have left all the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir worried barring a few," she said.

Elaborating on the "worry" people of the state is undergoing, Mehbooba observed that if the Governor makes Ladakh a division then and Chenab should also be given division status.

"We have no objection on Governor giving the division to Ladakh. But I request the Governor that if he is giving the division to Ladakh then Pir-Panjal and should also be given division," said Mufti.

"is a far-off and remote area and is not connected, and it even lacks basic amenities. At least, Ladakh and Kargil have But and Chenab don't even have that," said Mehbooba. She expressed hope that if declared a division both the areas will subsequently have their own also.

She said that all parties including Conference, and Independents, etc are in consonance with the PDP's demand.

Political slugfest started in the State after the Governor dissolved the Assembly last month after arch-rivals PDP and NC along with confirmed that they stitched up an alliance to form the government in the state.

The state has been under the Governor's rule since June when the BJP ended its ruling alliance with the PDP.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:30 IST
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