Even as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetisation terming it as a “historic decision”, her party colleague has questioned the government’s move.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Chairperson of State Women Commission, Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor vented her feelings on social media saying that people outside Kashmir are facing the heat of cash crush. Sources say then though Nayeema was asked by her party colleagues to remove her post, she declined to do so.
“I met people at Mumbai airport buying nothing due to no money. I met shoppers in market sad not having cash to buy their choicest things. I met idle shopkeepers brooding being without business. I met taxi wallah abusing politicians for having wads of cash. I met guest near a shadi pandaal of a politician’s son whispering to another guest of huge expenditure on the wedding. I met passengers on board buying nothing to eat in anger,” Nayeem posted on her Facebook account.
She, however, said Kashmir continues to be unmoved by demonetisation.
“And, when I reached Kashmir I found, despite cold weather and ‘other weathers’ people are moving ahead with grace and dignity, no matter they are cashless or with cash… what they have only ‘strong belief in believing in themselves’,” Nayeema, a former journalist added.
Mehbooba Mufti, had on Monday called on Modi and discussed ways to reach out to the people of Kashmir claiming that the situation is “gradually improving”.
During the meeting, she congratulated Modi for demonetisation. “This not an ordinary decision. Obviously, common people will have to face trouble for a few days. Whenever such big drastic decisions are taken, some inconvenience will be caused. But I feel this decision is historic,” she said.