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BJP-PDP destroyed state’s financial autonomy: NC

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Srinagar, Dec 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said that the adoption of GST by former PDP-BJP snatched whatever powers were bestowed upon our state by virtue of our special status to tax.
Addressing a meet of party functionaries and workers at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s additional general secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that National conference had raised alarm bells about the implementation of GST in our state. “Our party’s senior leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rathar continuously raised the issue but PDP which was weighed down by its arrogance didn’t take note of our reservations about the implementation of GST law,” he said.
Kamal said we have been maintaining that GST is a regressive tax, and that it coupled with other imprudent steps like demonetization put the common people to duress. “Several people were reported to have died from standing in queues for hours to exchange their old banknotes,” he said adding that both the measures, time has proved didn’t prove favorable for the country.
Additional general secretary asserted that PDP is answerable to people for destroying the financial autonomy of our state. “Time has proven how the implementation of GST adversely affected our tourism sector. The Parliamentary panel report revealing the adverse affects of GST on the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir vindicates our Stand,” he said adding that the parliamentary panel led by Kanwar Deep Singh has revealed how GST has badly affected tourist related activities in the state of Jammu and kashmir.
He said that our party had recommended former PDP-BJP government to take cautious steps while implementing the GST, “But our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears and the way things have turned out vindicates our stand,” he said.
He said that the people across the country have rejected the economic policies of the incumbent central government led by BJP. “The people’s mandate against BJP in the Hindi heart land is reflective of how badly people feel about the economic policies of BJP led central government,” he said adding that after going through the electoral debacle in central Indian states, BJP is now making amends to the GST by considering to phase out the 28% slab.
He said people of Jammu and Kashmir will never forgive PDP for the unscrupulous role it played in dismantling the financial autonomy of our state, “Abdul Rahim Rathar Sahab had raised his reservations at various forums but PDP due to its enchantment for power and chair didn’t concede to our requests and got the bill passed,” he said adding that PDP has opened the flood gates for all forces as are inimical to state’s interests but National Conference will put up a strong front against such forces with the help of people.

‘NC will go to any extent for restoration of Autonomy in J&K’

Srinagar, Dec 24: National Conference senior leader and former Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone Sunday defended the claim made by Farooq Abdullah that if elected to power NC will grant autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. Lone however added that if New Delhi will reject their Autonomy Resolution, NC will abdicate the Chair.
Lone said said that NC won’t repeat the mistake that it committed in 1996. “We committed a blunder when New Delhi rejected the Autonomy Resolution in 1996. We should have resigned the very moment, but we didn’t. This time NC will go to any extent for restoration of Autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir,” Lone said.
To a question, Lone said Autonomy is possible. “Law makers pass the resolution in every state but in Jammu and Kashmir, the rights and voice of legislators is being muzzled which is not a good sign for a healthy democracy,” Lone said and advised New Delhi to show some respect for the aspirations and sentiments of people of the State. (CNS)

 
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Lal Chowk, adjoining areas shut to remember Gaw Kadal massacre victims

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Srinagar, Jan 21: A complete shutdown was on Monday observed in Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Gaw Kadal and its adjoining areas to mark the 29th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre, that several civilians dead on this day in the year 1990.

Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a complete shutdown in Gaw Kadal and adjacent areas today against the Gaw Kadal massacre.

Eye witnesses saidthat authorities had also imposed restrictions in and around Gaw Kadal, Maisuma and others areas.
All the shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the day in the areas including Mandir Bagh, Maisuma, Basant Bagh, Gaw Kadal, Red Cross Road, Exchange Road, Budshah Chowk, Abi Guzar, Residency Road, MA Road, Sarai Bala, Court Road, Koker Bazar, Hari Sigh High Street, Goni Khan and Polo View while as the traffic was also thin on the roads.

 

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained from his residence in this morning. Malik was scheduled to lead a protest rally today.

 

Joint Hurriyat holds memorial meeting at massacre site

Srinagar, Jan 21: Despite police foiling Joint Hurriyat protest, many of its leaders and activists on Monday managed to gather at Basant Bagh and held a memorial meeting near the site of 21st January 1990 massacre at Basanat Bagh Gaw-Kadal.
According to Joint Hurriyat, police on Sunday evening laid a tight siege around whole Lal Chowk and adjacent areas, erected barricades, imposed curfew and restrictions in and around Gawkadal, Nai-Sadak, Basant-Bagh, Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Burbarshah, Chotabazar,
Despite strict vigil, pro-freedom leaders managed to reach and gather near the martyr’s memorial at Basant- Bagh and held a peaceful protest program.
Meanwhile, Joint Hurriyat comprising of Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre on their 29th martyrdom anniversary.
“21st January is an important day of Kashmirs 5000 year old history. On this day thousands of unarmed people came out of their houses to demand freedom and right to self-determination and protested against the crackdown of Indian forces that had been started from Guru-Bazar, Kani-Kadal, Chota-Bazar .These peaceful people were showered with bullets by Indian forces and police killing more than fifty of them on spot and injuring hundreds of others,” Joint Hurriyat said.

 

UJC pays tributes

Srinagar, Jan 21: United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin on Monday paid glorious tributes to martyrs of the massacres of Gawkadal and Handwara and said their memories are still afresh in our minds and hearts.
The UJC chief also expressed concern over the “ill-treatment” of Kashmiri political prisoners in J&K and outside State jails, terming it the “grave violation of human rights”.
Syed Salahuddin, who is also the chief of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, as per the statement, made these remarks while chairing a high-level meet of UJC. Glorious tributes were paid to martyrs of Gawkadal, Handwara and Budgam massacres.
“In 1990, the then Governor Jagmohan started massacring Kashmiris thinking they will surrender and stop fighting for freedom but that didn’t happen. Kashmiris didn’t surrender before tyranny and oppression and continued their struggle for freedom. The day is not far when the sacrifices of the martyrs will yield results,” he said. (GNS)

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City residents complain of waterlogging

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Residents of various Srinagar areas Monday faced inconvenience traversing water-logged lanes and roads as the faulty city drainage, yet again, gave in to a day’s rainfall.

Waterlogging was reported in several uptown areas including Jawahar Nagar, Bemina, Natipora, Padshahi Bagh, Barzulla, and Rambagh.

“How long do we have to wait for an efficient sewerage and drainage system? A day of rainfall hampers the movement of pedestrians particularly the children and the aged,” said Mohammad Altaf, a resident of Bemina.

 

Commercial locations including Lal Chowk, Residency road and Dalgate too reported pedestrians facing difficulties moving through inundated streets.

“This area is prone to water-logging and whenever it rains, the water enters my shop,” said a shopkeeper at Residency Road here.

Mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Junaid Azim Mattu too was busy replying to the tweets of people complaining of waterlogging.

“Have asked MED (mechanical wing) to dispatch mobile dewatering unit in the area immediately,” he wrote.

Executive Engineer, SMC, Imtiyaz Ahmad, said they were doing their “best” to reach-out to the areas that were waterlogged.

Asked about the faulty drainage system, Ahmad said that they have already submitted the sewerage project to the World Bank. “We are at the final stage. For now, we use mobile water logging pumps in the city,” he said.

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Projects being inaugurated by Modi ‘visible discrimination with Kashmir’: Mainstream parties

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Srinagar, Jan 21: As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay foundation stone or inaugurate projects worth Rs 35,000 crore in Jammu and Rs 9,000 crore in Kashmir on February 03, the mainstream political parties on Monday termed the share allotted to Kashmir as an open discrimination with the people of the Valley, saying that the people of Jammu are entitled to see development but at the same time Kashmir must not be ignored.
National Conference (NC) General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar said that it is an open discrimination with the people of Kashmir. “Though these projects were announced during the tenure of Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led government in the State, but the Kashmir region has been ignored as it has got just a few crores out of Rs 80,000 crores for the projects and other things,” he said.
He added that NC is not against the development of Jammu region as the people there are entitled to get these projects but at the same time Kashmir region must not be ignored. “We have already raised our concern in this regard in the assembly. We want every development must be impartial not biased,” he added.
Furthermore, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice Chairman, G N Monga told it exhibits the hollow promises on equal development by the BJP led government.
He added that “we don’t believe in the promises they have made but at the same time, we will resist the attempts of ignoring any part of the State.”
CPI (M) leader, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said that this is the gimmick for the people of Jammu. “The promises done with the people in 2014 are concluding ahead of the general elections. Though the people of Jammu are dissatisfied with BJP but they (BJP) are trying to send a message to the Jammuties that we care for them, which is a gimmick,” he said.
He added that it is unfortunate that PDP-BJP government was making hue and cry, claiming they have got big packages for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, but the fact remains that most of it is not visible anywhere either in Jammu, Kashmir or Ladakh.
“Whatever the announcements were made by PM Modi in the rally which was held under the chairmanship of Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed are nowhere, even we don’t know about the details of Rs 80,000 crores because they (the erstwhile government) didn’t convene assembly sessions properly wherein these issues could have been debated. Therefore, I believe these things are being done just to keep an eye on the coming general elections,” he said.
He added that BJP is playing the card of Jammu vs Kashmir again exhibiting they are favouring Jammu. He also added that Kashmir has already been neglected as it the sufferings of Kashmiris don’t matter for them.
People’s Democratic Front (PDF) chairman, Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen told KNS that it’s the visible discrimination with the people of Kashmir. “We have been telling from the very beginning but unfortunately, those who put forth agenda of alliance kept our concern behind the curtains,” he said.
“Now, the BJP is itself revealing the figures about the developmental projects being inaugurated by PM Modi on his forthcoming visit, which is visible discrimination with the people of Kashmir,” he said, adding that they have never seen such kind of discrimination with the people of Kashmir that was visible in the erstwhile PDP-BJP bonhomie.

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