Sameer Showkin LoneSrinagar, June 21:
Soon after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government fell apart, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s close aides who earlier used to remain tight-lipped broke their silences.
The coalition seen as an “unholy alliance” finally fallen apart after the BJP backed out leaving Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with no option but to resign.
However, the sudden pull out of the alliance by the BJP has left top faces in PDP surprised.
While most of the top faces in PDP prefer to remain tight-lipped and many have moved out of Srinagar, few important faces and close aides of Mehbooba, who were part of her government have spoken out spilling beans on social networking sites.
Mehbooba Mufti’s Political Advisor and noted academician Amitabh Matoo said, “Tried my best, history will judge the rest!”
In his Facebook post, Mattoo said he would also sign off the popular social media site and go back to his previous work.
His detailed Facebook post reads: “I leave my position as Advisor to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir with neither remorse nor regret. I tried my best, gave it all I had, and the difference I made was at best incremental. Jammu and Kashmir is the most difficult place in the world that I have worked in, but it is not often that an academic gets a chance to actually shape policy and try and improve the real quality of life of citizens, directly and in a very tangible fashion.”
“Politics, Mufti Sahib would often say, is the art of the possible and the ultimate battle is the war of ideas which has to be fought with the strength of one's conviction. It is too early to a do a post mortem, but I go back older in age and experience, recovering from the daily traumas of public life in J&K, but much richer, I hope, as a thinker with a deeper understanding of democracy, citizenship and state power. More of this, of course, in the class room," Mattoo posted.
Matoo said, “Tomorrow evening, I go off Facebook and Social Media to meditate and reflect and write and ensure that I fulfill my contractual obligation with Penguin/Random House.”
Mehbooba’s another close confidante and youth leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra also took to Twitter to break his silence.
Parra tweeted: “With the time, those who have been criticising us these years will finally realise our essence.”
Parra was serving as Secretary J&K State Sports Council in Mehbooba’s government.
Former BBC journalist Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor who was serving as Chairperson of State Commission for Women resigned few days ahead of her completion of the term.
“I have resigned from the post of chairperson, J&K State Commission for Women early morning. I am now free woman... freedom at last.....,” Mehjoor said.
Without naming Mehbooba, Mehjoor in a series of tweets said, “Wake up call...do not betray people... they r real power...”
In another tweet, she said, “Take serious note of it how politics n political decision r done for JK... lesson for mainstream...”
Mehjoor made these tweets hours after Mehbooba resigned as the first and only women chief minister of J&K.