Farooq dares Mufti to leave ruling J&K coalition

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Srinagar, Oct 18 (UNI) Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah today dared Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to withdraw from the ruling alliance if his party was disappointed with the functioning of the Congress-led coalition government in the state.

''I want to ask Mufti a few questions. Whose government is this? Who holds Finance, Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Tourism and Agriculture portfolios? These key Ministries are with the PDP. If he says that the coalition government is not functioning properly, then he and his party are equally responsible,'' Dr Abdullah told a hurriedly called news conference here.

He said Mr Sayeed has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the Congress-led coalition government. ''Who is stopping him? Not the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Why isn't he withdrawing from the ruling alliance and going to the people to seek fresh mandate? let people decide who will form the next government in the state'' the National Conference (NC) patron asked.

Dr Abdullah also lashed out at the former Chief Minister for repeatedly demanding revocation of the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act (AFSPA) and withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir.

''Defence Minister A K Antony and new Army Chief Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor have ruled out any reduction in troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

I want to ask Mufti and his party president (Mehbooba Mufti) why they are not leaving the coalition government on these issue despite repeated threats. Whom are they trying to fool?'' he asked.

Addressing PDP legislators, office bearers and functionaries here yesterday, Mr Sayeed had said that his party was disappointed with the functioning of the Congress-led coalition government.

The PDP patron also stated that he was struggling to keep the coalition boat afloat and continuously trying to set things right.


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