Srinagar, November 28
Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and MP, Muzaffar Hussain Baig Saturday said that he will not have any objection to Mehbooba Mufti becoming chief minister of the state as the latter was “like her younger sister”.
“Why should I object? Whatever decision the party makes, I will not have any objection to that. She is like my younger sister,” Baig told reporters after addressing a lecture on Constitution of India at Central University of Kashmir here.
“God bless her. She is a very hardworking lady. She has done tremendous work. In a democracy you have to be peace with the decision of the majority,” Baig replied when asked whether he was at peace with Mehbooba becoming chief minister.
Baigh delivered a lecture to students and faculty members during a seminar on “The Preamble of the Constitution,” organized by the Department of Law, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), to celebrate the Constitution Day, in commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Dr. B R Ambedkar.
During the lecture, the senior PDP leader criticized the family rule that has plagued democracy in India, Pakistan and rest of the sub continent.
Baig in the lecture said that democracy means by the people, of the people and for the people.
“(But) it is a different thing that in our country, democracy is government of certain family. It is for the people who can make their way into the corridors of power. It is government for the privileged, for the powerful,” Baig, who is a known expert of law, said.
However, when reporters asked Baig that if Mehbooba becomes chief minister, it will be a family rule that he criticized in his speech.
“Yes, that is not democracy. Democracy is not just only for PDP. If I don’t agree with them, I will say so, but this is the system in which you operate. This phenomenon (family rule) is not confined to JK. It is in Pakistan, India and in Bangladesh.”
Baig said that the family rule India will continue “so long as the recommendations of the ninth law commission are not implemented and legislated upon”
Asked that if PDP makes Mehbooba Mufti as chief minister then how can the party claim to be different from its rival National Conference, Baig replied: “What choice people have. Either NC or PDP.”
Over the speculations that he will be the president of PDP after Mehbooba becomes CM, Baig said, “Ceaser is long dead.”