Mehbooba Govt was ‘worst ever’ dispensation: Lal Singh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 22: Former minister and senior BJP leader Ch Lal Singh today said that the previous Mehbooba Mufti Gove-rnment was the “worst ever” dispensation in the State and more damage would have been caused had his party not pulled out of it. Talking to media-persons here today, Ch Lal Singh said the “unilateral ceasefire” announced in view of the holy month of Ramzan was the “biggest mistake” as it had allowed terrorists to re-group and had dented the morale of security forces.
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“It’s not good to impose Governor’s rule in a democratic set up. But when the situation is deteriorating by the day, it’s the only option left. This (PDP-BJP) Government was the worst the State has ever seen,” Lal Singh said.
While lauding BJP president Amit Shah for taking a little late but right decision, the BJP leader said, “The people were saved from the opportunistic people who were working on communal lines.”
He accused Mehbooba Mufti of being “pro-separatist” and said she started her political career by shedding tears, a reference to her visits to meet families of martyred soldiers.
“They (PDP leaders) are their (separatist) sponges. Her life started with their support,” he alleged.
“I am senior to her in politics and I can say with authority that she will never become Chief Minister again,” he said.
Singh said Mehbooba Mufti ruined everything because of her inefficiency and had hurt the “soul of her father Mufti Sayeed”.
“I met her to demand a CBI probe into the Kathua incident, but she declined it in a bid to malign the people of Jammu,” he alleged.
BJP leader said he would meet Governor N N Vohra shortly to reiterate his demand for a CBI probe into the January incident that had triggered a massive wave of outrage across the country.
On the BJP pulling out of the Coalition Government, he said it was right as the “anti-people PDP was trying to divide society on religious lines”.
“They had already thrown the Valley into the fire and had now set their eyes on Jammu, but the Dogras did not allow it to happen,” he said.
Had the PDP-BJP Government continued in the State, it would have caused more damage, Lal Singh added.
“The Government made mistakes because of the weak opposition, whose leaders were busy only on Twitter,” he said.
Singh also said the suspension of anti-terror operations during Ramzan was the biggest mistake “as it allowed the terrorists to regroup and dented the morale of security forces”.
On Mehbooba Mufti’s remark that a muscular policy was not the answer to the Kashmir problem, he said, “Muscle power is not meant for common people but for those who are anti-national, chant pro-Pakistan slogans and use guns and grenades to kill innocent persons.”