Handwara, Apr 08: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said National Conference has a legacy of service and sacrifice saying that the party will continue to shoulder the cause of protecting the special status of the state at any cost.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Handwara in North Kashmir Party vice Present Omar Abdullah, while recounting the scarifies of numerous party functionaries said, “We remember the sacrifices of our party men, we remember the day when one of our colleagues Late Ghulam Rasool Malik Sahib was snatched from us on January 1990. He laid down his precious life while saving the mosque and the people from conflagration. It is only National Conference that has been targeted by the forces as are inimical to our special status. We have always been a scorn in the eyes of those who are inimical to our interests. Even today only NC is solely carrying forward the mission of protecting the special status of our state. We have always shouldered that mission with zeal; we will continue to do it in the future as well.”
While highlighting the role played by party’s Baramulla parliamentary candidate Muhammad Akbar Lone in dismantling Ikhwan, Omar said, “He was the one who had set off a battle against Ikhwan in 1996. Ikhwanis tried to weaken him, but in 2002 he made them leave bag and baggage, even today he has come forth to fight the forces as are inimical to state, this time he again needs your support as you did previously, for it is your support that will strengthen his efforts to trounce the nefarious designs of BJP and its cronies in the State.”
Omar while cautioning the people about the Agenda of BJP, said, “Earlier today BJP came up with its manifesto, the issues of temple, unified civil code have again showed up there , but the major stress has been given on the revocation of Art 370 and 35-A. Today they have again racked up the issue of its revocation. I fail to understand why aren’t they able to understand that our state is not like any other state of India. We didn’t merge with the union; we are the only state that kept its own constitution. I challenge them to do away with the constitutional provisions. The people of our state won’t allow you to do it.”
“Even if they forge friendships with many people here they won’t be achieve their anticipated goal. Let go on forging friendship with those who have always bartered our honor, but let me tell you that friendship won’t help you to achieve your nefarious designs. These people whom Modi is clubbing with have been coming forth in different hues and gowns. Today they are holding apples.”
Omar said that if article 35-A is fiddled with, our students won’t be able to secure scholarships; our unemployed youth won’t be able to get jobs. “The Land to Tiller reforms and the other constitutional safe guards that were secured by Sher-e-kashmir would be infringed upon if these Articles are done away with. However, thinking about removing them is sheer day dreaming, for we won’t allow them to achieve such an end.”
“We have to decide if we want to send those forces to Delhi who sat in the lap of BJP, the ones who want to dismantle mosques, those who want to impose uniform civil code, those who want to destroy our special status, and those who are infringing Sharia Law of Muslims. Are we going to help those? If yes then we have to give our votes to apple. Because the relation of PC with BJP is an open secret,” he said.
“In November when we tried to strike a coalition with Congress-PDP to save the state from continuous onslaught of BJP, Mehooba Ji shot a letter to governor, we too agreed to forge a coalition to take the poison for the sake of protecting our status. But meantime another letter was shot to governor by Sajad Lone staking claim to form government. Sajad had staked claim on the basis of BJP’s strength in assembly. Nonetheless, if PC was able to form government and have a CM berth, then the BJP would have sought PC’s support in parliament on various issues. Can we trust such a Party?”
Censuring Sajad for hobnobbing with BJP at the cost of the people of state, Omar said, “In 2014 we were successful in restoring peace, and sense of security, we were able to bring many of our youngsters from across the border but Modi government put all the good work that we were able to achieve into an abyss. They brought the state on the brink of destruction. However it is the PDP-PC that allowed them to set their foot hold in Kashmir. What followed was unrelenting arrests, initimidation, and today our highways have also been snatched from us, if Sajad claims Modi to be his elder brother why didn’t younger brother ask his elder brother to stop unleashing miseries on our people.”
“In 2016 when our people were blinded why didn’t he impress upon on his elder brother to embalm bruised people of Kashmir, why didn’t he impressed his brother for talks, when we all were urging the centre to end the dead lock and hold talks with all stake holders. Now he says I got the rail, may I ask where it is? He says that he got the tunnel, where is it? The survey part of the projects hasn’t been carried out yet. He has not been able to macadamize the single road roads of Handwara. How can he manage big projects if he cannot do this little for the constituency? How can we trust him?”
Party Vice President while flaying PDP-PC for creating ruckus over his undertaking on removing PSA, he said, “In Pulwama I took an undertaking to do away with PSA, if our party is voted to power. However during my previous stint as CM I mellowed down the law to a great extent. I had anticipated opposition to it by centre, but to my surprise the opposition came from PDP and PC. Is that they want PSA, to continue. PSA was brought in during Sheikh Sbs tenure with a sole purpose to protect our state from jungle smugglers. I don’t pass the buck; I am not one of them. It was given more teeth by the governor administration post militancy six years after the death of Sheikh Sahib. Now that I have undertaken to do away with it all of them up are against me. This reveals their true disposition,” adding, “Now that they are raising hue and cry about saving our special status, when he comes here you should ask him who was the one who as cabinet minister said that he has come to Mumbai to throw the Art 370 into sea.”
Congress alone can defeat fascist forces: Mir
Srinagar, April 25: Maintaining that Congress party was fully capable enough to defeat the communal & fascist forces both in the country and state hell bent upon to abrogate Special Status granted to J&K, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) & party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency G.A. Mir has said that Congress is fighting present elections against the divisive forces and communal agenda of BJP-RSS.
Mir also hit out at “opportunist parties” PDP, BJP and others for misleading people on various sensitive issues concerning J&K for electoral gains, saying that the policy of falsehood & deceit adopted by these opportunist parties has made the lives of people in Kashmir impossible and sought people’s support to put an end to the drama being staged by PDP, from time to time to generate sympathy after failing people on all fronts.
This was stated by G.A. Mir while addressing various public meetings at Panzgam Nad, Varel Kund in Devsar Assembly Constituency in District Kulgam and appealed the people to remain vigilant about the designs of PDP and other opportunist parties who were fully dependent on falsehood and deceit to exploit people to serve their vested interests, but at the same time, he (Mir) felt confident that people of south Kashmir and elsewhere in J&K have realized as to what PDP was doing to mislead them again.
He was accompanied by Senior Congress Leaders Haji Ab. Rashid Dar, Mohd Amin Bhat, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Vinod Koul, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Adv Hashim and others.
Asserting that it is the Congress, which can protect the Special Status of the J&K State and will ensure equitable development of all the three regions, G. A. Mir lashed out at BJP Chief Amit Shah over repeatedly raking up the issues of Article 370 in his election rallies aiming to mislead people on this count, the fact of the matter remains that BJP cannot even touch it, as that, the Article 370 works as a bridge between State & the Centre, besides that, it has the emotional binding with the people in J&K. Whatever Narinder Modi or Amit Shah say in their rallies for public consumption was far from reality. Both (Modi & Amit Shah) want to change the narrative, which will be defeated tooth and nail, G.A. Mir said.
He said the communal and fascist forces were hell bent upon to divide the people of JK on religious and regional lines, but the Congress being the only unifying force in the Country and State will thwart their designs.
Mir also hit out at PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the State and said many right thinking people had advised PDP leadership not to align with the BJP on the basis that this party has remained hell bent upon to abrogate special status for gaining political mileage in the Country, but the PDP leadership turned deaf ear and compromised on their core agenda for the sake of coming into the power, which has disappointed people at large scale, G.A. Mir added and appealed the people to use the opportunity of the present elections to defeat the political exploitation & deceit on the part of PDP and others.
Mir also said PDP was fully responsible for prevailing situation in valley especially in south Kashmir, besides loss of lives and regular incidents of violence because of its betrayal and political exploitation.
Govt directs hospitals to display rate list of tests, lab investigations
Srinagar, April 25: Government has issued a circular to all hospitals and health institutions directing them to display rate list of all available diagnostic tests and lab investigations for easy access of people.
“It is impressed upon all the Heads of Hospitals/ Health care institutions to clearly display/indicate the various radiological examinations/lab. investigations/other tests conducted/available along with the rates chargeable within their respective laboratories/Hospitals, at designated areas and conspicuous places in clear fonts in English/Local language for the information of General Public,” reads the circular.
“These Instructions shall be followed in letter & Spirit,” it added.
The orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department following several complaints that certain basic tests/investigations are being denied/ not carried out in health care Institutions of the State on one pretext or the other.
MCC an excuse to avoid redressal of burning issues: Rasheed
Srinagar, April 25: Asking state administration not to forget its duties towards common masses, AIP president Er Rasheed has sought immediate redressal of burning issues pertaining to common masses.
While interacting with people during his day-long visit in Kupwara Constituency Er Rasheed alleged that so-called model code of conduct has become an excuse and silly argument to those officers who don’t want to deliver and treat themselves beyond accountability.
Er Rasheed said, “Be it power crises or restoration of drinking water supply and other basic immunities, most of the officers have just one line answer that there is a model code of conduct in place. It is disgusting and shameful that the damaged transformers are lying in PDD workshops since months and concerned authorities don’t pay any heed towards genuine grievances of masses. The functioning of education, health and other prestigious sectors has been kept hostage to the model code of conduct. While there is no model or moral code of conduct for the corrupt Bhabus, even routine files of the common man are being thrown to the dustbin with the excuse that there is a model code of conduct in place.”
Er Rasheed urged the governor to take serious note of sufferings of masses and ensure that all essential services run without any interruptions and excuses.