Srinagar, Dec 18: Two top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari are likely to join National Conference (NC) in presence of party president Farooq Abdullah, Vice president Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders at the Gupkar residence of Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday morning.
Reports quoting top sources revealed that Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari will join NC at 10:00 am and 11:30 am respectively at Farooq Abdullah’s residence.
Sources said that both Bukhari, a former minister in PDP government and Peer Muhammad Hussain would be welcomed by Farooq and Omar and other top senior NC leaders at the residence where the two will also address a press conference after joining the party.
PDP expelled both the leaders from the party’s basic membership on charges of “anti-party activities”.
PDP vice president, Abdul Rehman Veeri, as per Kashmir News Service, said: “The party has expelled Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari from the basic membership of the party on charges of anti-party activities. The party has also removed Mehboob Iqbal, the party General Secretary from the position he was holding.”
Confirming his joining NC, Hussain said, “I have resigned from PDP long back when it was in power. I had also resigned as Vice chairman Wakf Board. I took the decision to quit the party as I saw political sycophants taking over the charge and seniors not heard by the top brass. The party workers were alienated with people at grass roots. When workers are disconnected with the people, what is the fun of remaining in the party?”
“Though party president Mehbooba Mufti had tried to contact me in the past but I was not ready to remain in the party keeping in view its alienation with the people at grass roots,” he added.
Another top PDP leader Syed Basharat Bukhari could not be contacted despite repeated attempts to reach him over the phone but sources confirmed that Bukhari was set to join NC.
It may be recalled here that Bukhari started his political career as a PDP spokesman in 2003 and was, in short time, elected to the legislative council during the reign of the then Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led PDP-Congress coalition government.
He won 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Sangrama assembly constituency with comfortable majority and was inducted into the then Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led PDP-BJP coalition government as minister for law, justice parliamentary affairs, relief and rehabilitation, which lasted for ten months only.
He was again inducted into the Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government after the demise of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and given the key portfolios of Revenue, relief and rehabilitation.
However, Mehbooba as Chief Minister divested him of the portfolios of revenue, relief and rehabilitation and offered him the portfolio of horticulture department. Though Bukhari had tendered his resignation over the change in his portfolio but he choose to remain in the cabinet till the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government. Now, after the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government, he has chosen to join NC.
PDP expels both leaders
Srinagar, Dec 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled its top two leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and former minister Syed Basharat Bukhari from the party’s basic membership for “anti-party” activities.
The party has also removed Mehboob Iqbal from the key position of General Secretary.
The decision to expel the two leaders was taken soon after the reports suggested that they were mulling to join NC on Wednesday.
PDP vice president, Abdul Rehman Veeri said: “The party has expelled Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari from the basic membership of the party on charges of anti-party activities.” (KNS)
JK isn’t NC’s personal estate: Mehbooba
Jammu, Mar 20: In a blistering attack at former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for dubbing emergence of new parties in Kashmir as a New Delhi ploy to divide Kashmiri mandate, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday (March 20) said, J&K is not a personal property of the National Conference.
Mehbooba’s attack followed Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone’s diatribe against Omar Abdullah that he needed ‘mental treatment” for opposing emergence of new parties.
“It is unfortunate that National conference considers Jammu and Kashmir as its own estate. When (former Chief Minister) Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed brought Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, they called them worms of dirty drain (as a Delhi’s party),” Mehbooba told reporters here.
“When the PDP was formed, they alleged the same thing. Today when Shah Faseal formed a new outfit, Omar Abdullah says the same thing,” said Mehbooba.
The PDP chief said Omar Abdullah feels any party formed in J&K will claim right on their estate of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is a democratic country and everyone has the right to form one’s own party and do politics. Jammu and Kashmir is not a personal property of the NC,” she added.
Omar’s remarks came on the day Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician who was reportedly slated to join the NC, launched his own party – ‘Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement’.
Omar had reacted to the development dubbing it as a New Delhi ploy to divide the kashmiri mandate.
“Why is it that these political parties are launched only in Kashmir, why not in Jammu or Ladakh? Doesn’t it clearly indicate a ploy aimed at dividing us further?” Omar had asked, addressing his party workers’ convention in Anantnag Monday.
“It is a fact that conspiracies have been hatched for long to weaken our special status. While in Jammu and Ladakh, the (political) field is being left open for the Congress and the BJP, here (in Kashmir) there is always an attempt to divide the mandate,” Omar had said, indirectly blaming New Delhi behind the move.
Lone too had attacked Omar Abdullah Monday.
“Were we to give power to Omar Abdullah after Maharaja Hari Singh? He got Kashmiris killed in 2010. Before that his father got people killed and maimed from 1996 to 2002. Before that his father rigged the elections in 1987,” Lone had told reporters in Handwara.
Peoples Conference chief asked Omar Abdullah if there should be no other party except the NC.
“Do they have a copyright? Let me tell you Omar Abdullah is not a kid. He is throwing others’ lives in danger. New people have come on the political horizon. They are moving with few PSOs. Omar and his father and other family members are guarded by 600 to 700 security guards,” he said.
Lone said had Shah Faesal joined National Conference, then he would have been a “good man” for Omar.
“Now he has launched his own party, so he becomes a New Delhi
Snow, rains in Kashmir
Srinagar, Mar 20: Incessant rains lashed the plains while upper reaches received fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
Non-stop overnight rains in the valley have inundated roads at several places, including the Regal Chowk in commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city. A government official said that that de-watering is going on at many places.
On Tuesday, a MeT Department spokesman had warned that there could be widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thundershowers over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours which could result in drop in the temperature.
He said that there could be light to moderate rain or snow or thundershowers and the maximum temperature will drop further and settled at 9 degree, six notches below normal in the summer capital during the next 24 hours.
However, the minimum temperature will be near normal, he had said.
The incessant rains triggered fresh landslides on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the valley with the rest of the India. An official said the traffic movement was suspended due to the landslides.
Owners want return of ‘Heaven’: Not for cinema but hospital
Srinagar, Mar 20: An erstwhile cinema hall in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district is mired in controversy after its owners recently accused paramilitary CRPF of “illegally” occupying it and screening movies in it without the former’s permission.
The proprietors of “Heaven cinema” – comprising a large building set on around 24 kanals of land in Ashijipora area – have asserted their claim on it saying they want back its possession to build a “modern health care unit”.
Occupied by the government forces since 1991, the cinema currently houses CRPF’s 40th battalion, which, in a bid to revive movie halls in Kashmir, restored “Heaven” and screened a Bollywood movie in it on March 6.
Following it, the owners of the property issued a legal notice to the CRPF and other parties seeking a claim on the land.
The owners, Kanues of Sadiqabad, Anantnag had, as per the notice, purchased the property around 10 years back from its erstwhile owner with a purpose of expanding the business by establishing a modern health care unit.
“…time and again it was impressed upon you that in the first place your occupation is forcible and in the second, no premises of such magnitude and dimension is available in alternative to my clients leaving no option but to seek your eviction from the property.
“…besides holding the premises forcibly you have been also carrying the activities like running a cinema hall grossly in conflict with motive and interest of my clients,”
“…inspite of repeated notices, verbal and written, you have utterly failed to vacate the property,” reads the excerpts from the March 11 notice addressed to Commandant CRPF 40th Battalion.
The other addressees in it include: Commissioner Secretary Department Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police, Additional Director General of Police Law and Order Jammu and Kashmir, Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag.
The notice asks the CRPF to vacate the property within 30 days failing which the owners will launch a regular civil suit for the former’s eviction from it.
Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Khalid Jahangir expressed ignorance over the matter.
“I have no knowledge about the legal notice. I will look into the matter and take an action accordingly,” he said.
Neither IG CRPF nor the PRO could be contacted despite repeated attempts.