Srinagar, Sept 15: Congress today questioned the “existence” of government in Jammu and Kashmir and compared the situation in the state to that of 1990s, when militancy was at its peak. “The situation is very bad. There are many problems right now. Whether you see from the court’s reference (beef ban case)… What is that? It is polarisation. Whether you see the expectations of the people who thought they will benefit, (but) they have got nothing. (Read: Jammu & Kashmir: Three bullet-ridden bodies found in an orchard in Pattan)

“This seems to be like a no-man’s land. We do not understand who runs the government and from where it is run? Where is its remote control? We are trying our best to find the remote control of this government, but we have not found that yet,” Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir told reporters here. Mir said the current situation in the state was the biggest concern for the people and the issue was above political considerations.

“This (the present situation) is our biggest concern. See, the main concern of any government — whether of the state or the central ? should be the security of the people. “(But) no one is taking any responsibility of the uncertainty in the minds of the people that the situation is similar to 1990s. Bodies are lying on roadsides but neither the government nor the civil society takes any responsibility of those.

“This kind of situation was never there (before). Yes, the incidents happened, but there used to be visibility about who the people were (behind the attacks). “So, this is the biggest concern for all of us above political lines. All those people who voted — whether for the parties in the government or in opposition — are concerned about the situation,” he said. The Congress leader said his party would raise the issues
concerning the people of the state in the Assembly.

“We will raise only those issues in the assembly which are confronting people right now. The biggest issue is the rehabilitation of flood victims. Even as a year has passed, they are still asking for help. The state as well as the central government, who had made big promises, have done nothing. “Then there are issues with ration distribution, inflated electricity bills and unemployment. We will highlight all these,” Mir said.

The JKPCC chief evaded a reply on whether the party would support a bill by National Conference (NC) seeking to decriminalise slaughter of bovine animals in the state. “Let the bill come (in the Assembly). I have read about it only in media. When they (NC) will bring it, there will be a discussion on it and then we will decide (on supporting it or not),” he said.