Srinagar, Apr 8: Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Monday asked National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah to reveal which national party president did he meet after 2014 polls to seek support for becoming Chief Minister.
Addressing thousands of people in Kralpora, Kupwara and Hangah, Langate, Sajad asked Omar Abdullah to disclose with which national party president was he closeted with for two hours and begged for his support to become Chief Minister.
“Omar Abdullah met President of a national party in a high-rise building at Connaught place, New Delhi after 2014 elections to seek support for becoming Chief Minister. If Omar Abdullah has guts, he should reveal the details of his secret meeting. If he does not answer my question, we will make the answer public during the public rally at Handwara tomorrow,” he said.
Sajad said Omar Abdullah was the first person from Kashmir to be a part of the BJP government at the Centre in 1999.
“His only job at the height of human rights violations in 1999 was to travel across the globe and present the Indian point of view to the world community. So while people were being killed in Kashmir, Omar Abdullah was defending the killers across the world capitals,” he said.
Sajad asked will Omar Abdullah tell the people of Kashmir how BJP/RSS/NDA promised nominating his father as their candidate for the post of Vice President of India.
“The BJP reneged on their promise and instead nominated Bhairon Singh Shekhawat for the post. You were in competition with the Mr. Shekhawat, the senior most espouser of Sangh ideology and you guys lost narrowly. That is the best indicator of your high score on the Sangh Index,” he said.
“Has Omar Abdullah also forgotten that he expelled Saifudin Soz from NC for committing the cardinal sin of voting against the BJP in a vote of no confidence brought against them in the parliament in 1999”.
Sajad said why did Omar Abdullah not make any efforts to prevent attacks on Kashmiris in Rajasthan where his close relative is deputy chief minister.
“Omar Abdullah has close relatives cutting across party lines and religions. They apparently wield a lot of influence in a particular national party. It might be a good idea to utilize their influence in reversing the erosions which this national party resorted to,” he said
Sajad said his party was chased out of mainstream by National Conference in 1987 by blatantly rigging the polls.
“We are an old party which was mainstream to start off and were chased out of the mainstream by blatant rigging resorted to by your father in 1987,” he said.
He said neither they have a CBI charge sheet like Farooq Abdullah neither do they have amassed wealth in thousands of crores.
“Three generations of Abdullahs have held no proper job, own no known business but have amassed wealth of thousands, starkly disproportionate to their known sources of income, “he said.
“Maybe the JKCA can be a pointer to how this wealth was accumulated over generations bartering the aspirations of the common people and walking over one lakh dead bodies,” he said, adding that they have no baggage of killings and imprisoning people like Abdullahs.
“We have no blood on our hands, we have not imprisoned thousands under PSA. We are not a party to any erosion of the special status of the state. We are not a party to hanging of two Kashmiris.”
He said Omar Abdullah has the audacity to label everyone opposing them as agent of New Delhi.
“Sheikh Sahib was a chief minister without even a single MLA. If that was a miracle. A greater miracle was his audacity of labelling everyone as an agent of Delhi despite being a chief minister because of Delhi. The disease seems to have been carried on. Omar Abdullah the most unambiguous creation of Delhi sees Delhi in anybody who dares question him, “he said.
He said Abdullah’s are at the root of all ills in Kashmir and that every death and destruction can be traced back in the Valley to the NC.
“Be it the 47 erosions to Art 370, meddling or the change of nomenclature for Head of state everything lays at the Abdullah doorstep,” he said
He also reiterated his stance on Art. 370 and 35A terming then as sacred and that the only “space for movement in his regard is the reversal of erosions”.
He went on to add “any other reckless thought or comment seeking removal is a disaster”
Congress strong enough to counter divisive forces: Mir
Srinagar, July 16: Stating that Congress party will continue to fight against divisive and exploitative forces in the country and state, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed confidence that people and Congress party in unison will ensure that the forces inimical to multiplicity and rich culture of harmony are defeated miserably.
JKPCC president was addressing series of party meetings at Manzmou, Tangloo, Hiller, Ujroo, Chandoog and Saidiwara in south Kashmir, emphasizing the party leaders and workers to rise to the occasion to defeat the exploitative forces, which are hell bent upon to exploit the people to serve their vested interests.
Describing the Congress Party a formidable force to reckon with, G.A Mir said Congress is capable enough defeat the forces inimical to peace and development in the State, shall continue to fight for the inclusive development of the State, which has received setbacks due to the negligent attitude of BJP Government at Centre.
Mir reiterated Congress party’s stand to maintain secular fabric and communal harmony at all costs and by all means and said the party will ensure defeat of communal and divisive forces, which were pitching the communities against each other in order to divide them on the basis of religion or regions, but the Congress party will defeat them tooth and nail.
“Congress never compromised on people’s urges and aspirations for electoral gains, it will continue to remain committed to fight against the political exploitation by BJP-RSS,” G.A. Mir added and appealed the people not to come under false propaganda of BJP and other opportunist parties, who have exploited them (people) equally for electoral gains.
Er Rasheed asks CB to avoid further delay in investigating Kupwara minor’s killing
Srinagar, July 16: Seeking justice for 8-year-old Umer Farooq who was brutally murdered after being kidnapped from his native village in Gulgam Kupwara last year, AIP president Er Rasheed has appealed for a thorough introspection in the society to get rid of criminal elements.
Speaking on functions at Gulgam organized to pay tributes to Umer Farooq on his first death anniversary, Er Rasheed said. “While it is encouraging that sources within the crime branch claim to have reached very close to the culprits, it is need of the hour to avoid further delay in resolving the mystery. Crime branch must come out with its findings and take the investigation of the barbaric incident to its logical end so that trial in a fast track court is initiated.” Rasheed further added that while entire humanity within and outside state got shocked after the incident but we all need to have a sincere introspection to find out the reasons behind such sick and barbaric mentality that can turn humans worst than the wild beasts.
The society needs an introspection to find out reasons that why it is losing moral values and a huge chunk of youth are becoming drug addicts. Parents, teachers, religious clerics and common masses need to unite and ensure that the entire society is made de-addicted from the menace of drugs, he said.
Non-implementation of ACP has demoralised engineering cadre: Shah Faesal
Srinagar, July 16: Reacting to one day mass casual leave of graduate Engineers, President JKPM Shah Faesal has expressed his solidarity with them and impressed on the state government to fulfill their demands immediately.
“Engineers are the most hard-working people of the State and the brightest of the students would opt for engineering streams. However it is shocking to look at the level of stagnation in the Engineering sector and no serious effort has been made so far to address the career related issues of Engineers,” Shah Faesal said in a statement issued .
“It is a tragedy that even Chief Engineers are working in the pay scale of AEEs and the OPG promotion syndrome has destroyed the Engineering cadre completely. After 30 years of service officers are retiring with the same pension that their fellow employees with one third of their service,” Shah Faesal added.
Shah Faesal lamented that Assured Career Promotion scheme approved by the Government after years of hard work of engineers has not been implemented so far.
He called upon the Government to fulfill its obligations towards engineering cadre immediately and implement the ACP scheme in letter and spirit.
“Engineers are the primary movers and shakers when it comes to developmental activity. A demoralised cadre cannot effectively lead the infrastructure development in the state and therefore Government should immediately take cognizance of the issue,” Shah Faesal argued.