Is Jammu and Kashmir heading towards Governor’s Rule?

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday called for the immediate imposition of Governor’s rule in the state, stressing that it was the only way to arrest the growing unrest in the Valley, fast slipping into anarchy.

“We have never been promoters of Governor’s rule; we have always opposed it. But there is no other way,” Abdullah, the newly elected MP from Srinagar said.

The National Conference chief, who was recently called to New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a discussion on Kashmir, said Modi wanted a “peaceful end” to the situation in the state, reeling under unrest for months.

“I can’t tell you what I discussed with the Prime Minister. All I can say is that he is concerned about the situation in the state and wants to an end to it. A peaceful end to it,” he said.

The former chief minister, accusing the Mehbooba Mufti government of “failing on all fronts”, said not just south Kashmir, the entire Valley was in the grip of “tragedies”.

“These tragedies are adding to communal tension in the rest of the nation. So the quicker we settle this problem, (the quicker) would we be able to control the fire which is coming to a boiling stage,” Abdullah said, adding that “the continued lawlessness is leading the Kashmir Valley into a state of anarchy”.

He also appealed to fringe elements in the BJP to not make “any provocative statements” on Kashmir.

“Let there be one voice. When the Prime Minister himself wants peace, others should listen to that,” he said.

He stressed the CM should have resigned on the day the Centre gave in writing to the Supreme Court that it would not talk to separatists. Mehbooba Mufti had repeatedly asked for talks with “all stakeholders” in Kashmir.

“That completely baffles me because the PDP-BJP’s agenda says they will talk to all. So if that agenda is gone, what is Madam Mufti doing on the chair? Should she not say goodbye and walk out if she has any honour left?”

Asked why there was no end to Kashmir’s unrest, he said the militancy of the nineties was different from that of now.

“Today the movement is different, because of the false promise of PDP leader Mufti (Mohammed Sayed) Saheb when he went for the elections with the promise to keep BJP and the RSS out. Unfortunately, at the end of the day he brought in the very people he had promised to keep away,” he said.

“Part of this struggle is because of that ‘vishwasghat’ (betrayal) — the trust that you betrayed has raised its head,” he said. He pointed out that most of the unrest was in the south, which was Mufti’s stronghold.

He said the RSS’ hold over the state government had added fuel to the unrest.

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