PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti (File photo)
SRINAGAR: Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday claimed that seven district development council (DDC) members, including some Independents, from Budgam district of central Kashmir have offered to quit as they’re not being allowed to move out of the ‘safe houses’ provided by the Union territory administration even for touring their constituencies and visiting their families.
Tweeting a video, Mehbooba said: “Detaining DDC members from Budgam since seven months in the name of security defeats the purpose of their election. Held against their will, administration has also prevented them from touring their constituencies. They are so fed up that they have offered to resign (sic).”
The DDC members, who want to quit, are also seen in the video clip, saying that they have been “under detention” for the past seven months.
“The government has no plan for us. They sought our work plan and we have already submitted that, but not a single penny has been released for us so far,” one of them says in the video.
Many DDC members have already given in writing that they don’t need any security and want to live with their families. “Our security should be withdrawn as that will save the government money. We can’t even visit our families and the education of our children too has suffered badly,” another DDC member says.
The J&K administration has provided accommodation to DDC members in secure areas in their respective districts to avert any terror attack on them. However, some of the members resent the move and want to stay at their respective homes.