Jammu, Jan 31: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Thursday courted a fresh controversy by accusing the state’s political leaders of wanting to get “youths killed” to “blackmail” Delhi and keep it “under pressure”.
Addressing a Kissan Mela here in Akhnoor, the governor also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to give everything that the people of Kashmir demand under the Constitution as he has love and respect for the people of the state.
“The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir want the youths get killed so that they keep New Delhi under pressure,” Malik said while addressing the Kissan Mela.
“This misconception was cleared by me during the municipal and panchayat polls, and conveyed a message that New Delhi is not to come under pressure. New Delhi will not come under pressure of blackmail now. If bullets will be fired, no bouquets will be send from here,” he said.
Malik said by killing militants in Kashmir no solution can be found and asked them to return to their mainstream.”I am not for taking the lives of these children. If they come back, we are ready to do something for them. We are trying to find out some way,” he said.
In a veiled reference to two former chief ministers — Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party and Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, Malik said “political parties have double standards. I am angry with them”.
He said breaking the protocol, he had reached out to Mufti and Abdullah, asking them to take part in the municipal and panchayat polls to empower the people, but the duo “opposed and boycotted”.”I went to the houses of both after breaking my protocol. I went to the house of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. I asked them to take part in elections which will benefit and empower people. But they opposed it. They want their own empowerment not that of the people,” Malik said.
Taking a dig at Mufti, he said even before confirmation of killing of a militant, one leader of a party goes to his home to condole the death. “How can this work?” governor asked.
The NC and the PDP hit back at Malik and questioned his stand on dissolving the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. They termed his action as “unethical”.
Abdullah asked the governor to “focus on his work and stop playing politics”.”Please stop with the insults & snide remarks Mr Governor. They do not behove a person in your position. It is only my respect for the office you occupy that stops me from repeating what all you told me when we met. @jandkgovernor. Please stop playing politics & focus on your work,” Omar tweeted.
The PDP tweeted, “Not allowing a democratic government to function & talking of panchayat as empowerment of democracy without participation of people & parties! Dissolving assembly unethically is personal empowerment not boycott.”
About the prospects of the state elections, the governor said it is up to the Election Commission to decide on conducting the polls in the state.”Whenever the polls will be announced by the Election Commission, we will hold free and fair polls in the state,” Malik said.
The governor also hit out at out at separatist and mainstream leadership of Kashmir that all the leaders here and the Hurriyat conference know, nothing will come out of it (gun culture). “Our Army is fighting with terrorists on the other side in the midnight in thick snow and people from villages are being collected on the calls from loudspeaker from mosque to engineer stone pelting and snatch bodies, surround vehicles, weapons. Then if anybody gets killed and then (they) resort to shutdown the Valley and call it atrocities,” he said, while hitting at Hurriyat.
Questioning their behaviour on instigating people, the governor said, “Where does it happen in the world that you target the Army and they will leave you? We will sternly suppress it.”
He asked the people to change their approach towards the Army and also change their ideology.
“…If anything has to happen, it is dialogue. Come and hold talks under the Constitution of India. You have separate flag and a separate Constitution here. But still raking up the issue,” he said.
Counselling Hurriyat, the governor said the Indian Army is the world’s fourth biggest Army. “After fight with it, (General Parvez) Musharraf has himself conveyed to the Hurriyat people that they should…hold talks with India under the Constitution of India,” he said.
Pak ‘duty-bound’ to share info: Guv
Says militant infrastructure ‘disrupted’, remaining militants to be sternly dealt with
Srinagar, Jun 19: Asserting that his administration has “disrupted” militant infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said that Pakistan is “duty-bound” to share intelligence inputs about militant attacks with the Government of India.
However, in an apparent jibe, the Governor said “it needs to be seen how many attacks Pakistan is able to stop on its own soil.”
“Pakistan is duty-bound to share intelligence inputs with us. But it also needs to be seen how many attacks are they (Pakistan) able to stop on its own soil,’ Malik said at a police function in SKICC, Srinagar on Wednesday.
Asked about the recent increase in militant activities in the valley, the Governor said as his administration has disrupted the militant infrastructure in the state, the militants are doing “one-odd attacks to keep themselves relevant.
“No one has been able to stop one or two attacks, not even America, England or France. But we are working on it and will be able to find a solution to the problem. We will deal with them (militants) sternly and with precision,” he said.
He said that militant recruitment and stone pelting incidents across the Kashmir Valley have also come down.
“No stone pelting takes place anywhere now not even after Friday prayers. A number of youth have also joined their families back and are leaving the militant ranks. Yesterday only two more boys returned to their families,” Malik said.
Last week on Saturday, the Governor had made a similar briefing about the state while addressing the 5th Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog.
He’d told the meeting that the militant activities have come down in J&K as the people of the state are “not giving shelter to militants.”
Malik had also said time had come to focus on development of the state while giving a PowerPoint presentation and figures about militant activities.
The Governor had claimed that the administration was getting information about militants and their “activities by locals and that they are not offering shelter to those involved in militant activities.”
JK Bank case: ACB widens ambit, seeks admitted signatures of 13 officers including two past chairmen
Srinagar, Jun 19: Widening the ambit of the investigations, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has sought the admitted signatures of 13 senior officials of Jammu and Kashmir Bank including its two former chairmen in connection with the case related to alleged backdoor appointments.
A top source in the Anti-Corruption Bureau told The Kashmir Monitor that Senior Superintendent of ACB recently wrote a letter to the incumbent chairman of the J&K Bank to provide details of 10 admitted signatures, handwriting, and initials of 13 officers of the bank.
Among the13 officers, the source said, two are former J&K Bank chairmen. “Most officials have either served in the Human Resource Department or are still posted there,” the source said.
The ACB had registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the basis of a complaint about the alleged illegal and fraudulent appointments made in the bank.
The allegations reflected in the complaint disclose commission of criminal misconduct by J&K Bank officers.
“This constitutes offence under section 5(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat 2006 and punishable under section 5(2) of the Act. A case FIR No 10/2019 was registered in Police Station Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Central Kashmir in Srinagar. Investigation of the case has also been taken up,” a spokesman of ACB had said.
The ACB officials refused to share the details saying: “The case is under investigation”.
However, a senior official, who wished not to be quoted, said: “Once we receive the admitted signatures, handwriting, and initials, the same will be forwarded to Forensic Scientific Laboratory to ascertain whether they match with the records we have seized during raids.”
The ACB is currently investigating 1,200 appointments, made allegedly at the behest of some political leaders of the previous PDP-BJP dispensation.
The government recently removed Parvez Ahmad as JK Bank Chairman. There are also allegations of large-scale irregularities in matters related to loans, finances and appointments.
The ACB sleuths on Wednesday raided the official residence of deposed chairman of JK Bank Parvez Ahmad near Polo View Lal Chowk. The ACB team also raided the house of Ahmad’s brother at Natipora area.
The union home ministry and the state government have decided to split the post of chairman-cum managing director of the bank in accordance with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines.
RK Chhibber, who was the bank’s executive president, has been named as the interim CMD.
Jammu and Kashmir government has 59.3 percent stakes in the bank, which has been established in 1938.
Modi chairs all-party meet; Cong, TMC give it a miss
New Delhi, Jun 19: “Most parties gave their support to ‘One Nation, One Election‘, CPI(M) and CPI had a difference of opinion but they didn’t oppose the idea, just the implementation of it,” Defence minister Rajnath Singh declared on Wednesday after the all-party meet on the same concluded.
He added, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address, said that a committee will be constituted to give its suggestions on the subject (One Nation, One Election) in a time-bound manner.”
One of the affirmative voices came from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik, who on Wednesday said, “Our party is supporting the idea of One Nation, One Election.”
The Modi government-led meeting of the heads of political parties to discuss the proposal of ‘One Nation One Election’, among other issues was held in the Parliament even as several party patriarchs skipped the meet.
Out of those who opted to sit out this ‘crucial meet’ were Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President M K Stalin, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati and her former ally Samajwadi Party too decided to skip the meeting. Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal too did not attend the meeting but the party sent Raghav Chaddha as its representative.
Attacking the moot point of the meet today, BSP chief Mayawati said that holding simultaneous national and state elections “appears to be an undemocratic and unconstitutional” idea for a vast country like India. She added that elections in any democracy can never be a problem “nor elections should be weighed from the point of view of expenditure and extravagance”.
‘One nation, one election’ is not an issue before the country, she said. Elections through ballot papers are actually the national issue and our party will continue its struggle for it,” Mayawati declared.
On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also claimed that she would have joined the meeting had it been on EVMs. She had declined the invitation to attend and had asked the Centre to instead prepare a white paper on the “one nation, one election” issue for consultations.
Sources said that Opposition parties are wary of the meeting convened by the prime minister as they feel this might be a “trap” set by the BJP and needs proper discussion before going ahead.
The agenda for the meeting also includes the celebration of 75 years of Independence in 2022 and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year. It will be followed by a dinner meeting with all the MPs on Thursday.
Meanwhile, JD(U)’s chief Nitish Kumar, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, BJD’s Naveen Patnaik, PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti and YSRCP’s Jaganmohan Reddy are among those who attended the meeting.