Azad questions President rule in J&K despite better development record than Gujarat

Azad questions President rule in J&K despite better development record than Gujarat

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New Delhi, Feb 4 : Launching a frontal attack on the Modi Government, Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that out of 114 parameters of development, erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was above the national average on 80 parameters, then should not Gujarat, which had fared below the national average on several fronts, also be brought under President's Rule.

"Should I not say that Gujarat is a fit case for President's rule?" he asked as he gave a point-bypoint rebuttal on the reasons cited by the Centre for abrogating Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. Blaming the Government for having "misled the nation" on Kashmir as on demonetisation and the GST system, the Congress leader said he wanted to prove on the basis of parameters that state leaders Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti should be released from detention as they were all leaders who had contributed to the state politics. He said the Jammu region had suffered as much as the Kashmir Valley after abrogation of Article 370, which accorded a certain degree of autonomy to the region.

"Small businesses, tourism sector, people of all communities have suffered, not just Kashmiris," he bemoaned and hoped that the Centre would realise its mistake and rectify it soon. Saying that had the Government "brought constructive matters, we would have bowed before you, but you brought destruction", Mr Azad also warned the Government on the issue of Shaheen Bagh where citizens were on dharna since mid-January. Asking "What is Shaheen Bagh? It is your creation", he warned "If you continue like this, Shaheen Bagh will come up everywhere" and regretted that there had been no Government outreach to the demonstrators protesting against the imposition of the Citizenship Amendement Act and the National Population Register.

He claimed that triple talaq, Article 370 and CAA all had been brought to divert attention from lack of jobs, black money, inflation and slow growth. (UNI)