Jammu and Kashmir Govenor Satya Pal Malik again issued controversial statement creating uproar in Kashmir valley stating that the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s party PDP is on the verge of split.
Elections are around the corner and her her party is in bad state and support from such people helped her navigate the route to power in the state, he said while responding to her demand to take action agaisnt an Army officer, who allegedly subjected a man from Pulwama to torture and threatened to kill him in an encounter.
So, he said she need not be taken seriously. Normally, governors are not expected to make any such political comments. As being the first politician appointed as Governor of the troubled border state, he has been frequently making politically sensitive and controversial statements, which was not heard earlier in the state.
He had also created controversy last year by abruptly suspending the assembly, at a time both arch rivals PDP and National Conference have decided to form a new coalition government. This has led to president’s rule in the state.
Soon after his comment, Mufti took to Twitter and accused him of talking politically. “Instead of taking cognisance of the brutality that the young boy has been subjected to , and ordering action against the culprits , it is sad that the honourable governor is talking politics instead. Saddened to see the constitutional authorities taking sides so brazenly,” the former Mufti tweeted.
Mufti’s arch rival and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also slammed the governor, calling his statement ‘unacceptable and unnecessary’. “Governor Sb this is an unacceptable statement and an unnecessary interference in politics. At this rate it won’t be long before people stop taking Raj Bhavan seriously so please consider the office you occupy before you give statements,” the National Conference leader said, extending support to PDP chief.