Omar should look in his backyard on voter turnout: Mehbooba

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 25: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today hit out at National Conference (NC) vice president and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, over his remarks on election boycott in Anantnag and asked him to look in his backyard.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an election rally at Kulgam, Mehbooba in reply to a questions on Omar Abdullah’s recent remark over lowest turnout in Bijbehara her home town and Anantnag from where she was elected to Assembly last time by a margin of over 12, 000 votes, hit back at Omar and said: “I am happy and it is great that Omar is considering the entire Anantnag district as my home. I just want to ask him: where does he belong, even there was boycott in Srinagar as well, and will he talk about that?” she said.
The PDP president said that claiming victory by Omar Abdullah in Anantnag parliamentary constituency is frustration on part of him as he is not bothered about the voters of other three districts. “Claiming victory is a frustration as it seems Omar Abdullah is not bothered about voters of Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts going to polls in next two rounds”, she said.
The PDP president said that BJP is playing vindictive politics to get votes in rest of the country. “It is quite deplorable that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now summoned Shabir Shah’s daughter. I believe that vindictive politics is being played in the State and in the rest of the country just to gather votes. Yasin Malik has been arrested, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was called to Delhi for questioning and now Shabir Shah’s daughter, it is nothing but shameful”, she said.
Mehbooba said that if there would have been Modi wave in the country then he would not have restored to politics over Balakote. “If there would have been a ‘Modi Wave’ in reality, then he would not have resorted to do politics on issues like Balakote. He would not have resorted to tough measures in Kashmir. He would not have validated lynching in the country. If he was really winning, he would not have resorted to such desperate measures”, she said.
The PDP president refuted allegations of Government employees attending her rally in Pulwama. “Our rally was attended by our people and there were no Government employees there, we are not a Government that we will force people to come there. Such allegations are baseless”, she said.