New Delhi, Dec 28: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed amid din a statutory resolution approving the proclamation of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir even as the opposition parties objected, and termed it as “unconstitutional”.
The resolution was moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed a brief discussion after the motion was passed and adopted, terming it a “special case”.
President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir follows if the governor’s rule extends beyond six months.
Initiating the debate, Shashi Tharoor of the Congress said Governor Satya Mal Malik acted in “gross violation” of a Supreme Court order in the S.R. Bommai case that had stated that whether an alliance has a majority or not can be decided only on the floor of the assembly.
The governor’s “private assessment” is anathema to the Constitution and is also subject to personal malfeasance, he said
Malik’s decision to impose governor’s rule after the NC, PDP and the Congress made a move to form the government in the state was also in “violation” of the Sarkaria commission’s guidelines on Centre-state relations, he said.
Tharoor also objected to Malik’s rejection of the alliance as a tie-up of parties of ideological variance, saying he should not have arrived at a political determination and added that the earlier alliance of the PDP and the BJP was also a case of “unnatural marriage”.
He suggested that Malik’s action was unconstitutional and asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to share the reasons Malik cited for his action.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed the discussion as a “special case” even as the House had already adopted the resolution moved by Singh earlier in the day.
Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress also termed the governor’s decision as “arbitrary” and “unconstitutional”.
He also accused the central government of “collusion” and claimed that it propped up the rival alliance led by Sajad Lone, who had the support of “only two MLAs”.
The government has “failed” in the state, he said and added that over 900 persons have died in militancy-related incidents there so far this year.
BJD’s Bhartruhari Majtab supported the resolution, saying the governor’s rule in the state had become necessary and noted that its two main regional parties, the NC and PDP, boycotted the panchayat polls.
He said assembly elections should be held in the state along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
AIADMK’s P. Venugopal expressed his party’s opposition to the imposition of governor’s rule as a matter of principle and asked the Centre to explain the reasons for taking such an “extreme” step.
Supriya Sule of the NCP said it is not the time for bullets in the state and called for holding elections there.
Guv House no place for proving majority: Farooq
New Delhi, Dec 28: National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah Friday questioned in the Lok Sabha the Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s decision to dissolve the state assembly.
Voicing concern over the situation in the Kashmir Valley, he also advocated talks with Pakistan for restoration of peace.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister made these remarks while participating in the debate on the statutory resolution for proclamation of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the proposed NC-PDP-Cong alliance to form government in the state, he said, “The fax machine of the J&K governor was not working, his phone was not working and I would like to say that Governor’s House is not the place to prove majority but the assembly is. Governor didn’t wait and dissolved it.”
Expressing anguish over the situation in the Jammu and Kashmir, he said the state is going through great “turmoil” and the turmoil does not seem to end.
“The solution to the problems of the state is not through the police and the Army. The unfortunate killing of civilians needs to be stopped, it further worsens the situation.
Something has to be done immediately,” he said.
Advocating talks with Pakistan, Farooq reminded the ruling BJP of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s remarks that “we can change our friends but not our neighbours”.
“For peace…we have to find some way of talking to the neighbouring country (Pakistan),” he said.
“For the sake of India, Kashmir needs to be given priority. The state has been suffering a lot. It can suffer more. I urge all of you here to please help us get the state back to normal,” he said. (PTI)
Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army
Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.
Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.
“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.
The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.
“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.
“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.
“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.
Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.
Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”
On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”
He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.
“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.
“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.
Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”
Held Pak militant paraded before media
‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’
Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.
During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.
“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.
“I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.
The militant was soon moved away.
SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.
“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.
He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.
“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.
The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.
“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.
Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24
New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.
The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.
The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.
Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.
Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand. The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.
Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.
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