If you are good at making excuses, you don’t have to be good at anything else, so goes adage about people who make excuses, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is rather good at making excuses and done precisely that, and failed to own up that he has failed miserably to govern, and lead, in this hour of crisis. These views were expressed by the leaders of State BJP, who returned to Jammu after their three days stay in Kashmir to have on the spot assessment of the post flood situations and the plight of the suffering people what they experienced on visiting submerged Pantha Chowk, Jawahar Nagar, Lal Chowk, Batmallu, Bamina, Rajbagh, Budgam and Anantnag districts besides several other areas.
BJP State Vice President & Kashmir Incharge Ramesh Arora and State Spokesperson Arun Kumar Gupta, who had gone to Srinagar under the leadership of State General Secretary (Org) Ashok Kaul, addressed media persons at Jammu and came down heavily on the state’s coalition government for its total failure in such a situation.
Ramesh Arora said that the State government led by Omar Abdullah is nowhere to be seen on ground. There are no officials, no rescue, and relief efforts by the state government and whatever is available is only due to the efforts of Army and other forces.
The problems of the marooned people are worsening and getting compounded, because there is no government visible anywhere in any party of the affected Kashmir Valley, Arora said.
Arun Kumar Gupta, while describing the ground situation as horrendous with the people stranded all over and not being provided any support by the state government, said that it sends a chill down one’s spine because it is so bad. He admitted that touring the ground zero has given them a perspective which was perhaps just not possible by reading newspaper and watching TV.
Whether it is the rescue effort, evacuation of those in life threatening situations or providing food and water to the needy, the state government has done zero work. Thanks to the Central government’s quick action and effective intervention, rescue and relief have gathered pace, plus local people have conducted appreciably well and saved many lives. Gupta further said the party mobilized workers to help the people in the affected areas. Small groups of party activists have been collecting relief material in large quantities and these have been reaching the affected areas.
The worst fear yet to come is stagnant water all over Srinagar, Anantnag, Badgum, Kulgam and other districts, which will pose a very serious condition of uncontrollable epidemic. BJP State leadership has brought this actual position to the knowledge of Centre leadership and is being viewed very seriously, he added.
The team was assisted by Ali Mohammed Mir, Central Zone president, Dr. Farooq Ahmed Dar, a social activist and Haleema Uri, State Secretary.