Jammu & Kashmir/ Delhi: Soon after JKPCC Chief Saif-U-Din Soz blamed Omar Abdullah for not consulting alliance partner over the issue of removal of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) before giving a comment, another senior leader Dharam Pal Sharma-Ex-MP and Senior Vice President Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee targeted Dr. Mustafa Kamal Senior NC leader for uttering anti Congress and anti Centre statements often to claim political mileage, forgetting coalition dharma.
“Dr. Mustafa Kamal Senior NC leader is in the habit of issuing highly irresponsible and objectionable statements, in the press-media, against the Congress party and Centre. These have been ignored in the past, in the interest of coalition, although he had been claiming the backing of his party NC. Since he has been rewarded with status of official Spokesman and additional General Secretary of his party NC, it is believed that he knows sensitivities and responsibilities of assignment. His recent statements are not only irresponsible but also mischievous and politically motivated. NC leadership should take immediate action against him for his repeated acts of omission and commission”, Sharma demanded through a statement to press.
Responding to the situation emerging from the last two days Dr Mustfa Kamal said “I smell a rat”, as reversal of AFSPA was being discussed for the last one year at all the levels with all the stake holders taken on board. He said Union Home Minister, Core Commanders, Police Chief, Home Commissioner all those are possessing in depth knowledge being the members and part of discussion.
People are suspicious and raise finger of suspicion upon army, separatists and PDP whose vested interest did not allow them to pave way for conducive atmosphere in which AFSPA could be removed gradually from certain parts of state and moreover, they also does not want to see Omar Abdullah on the power seat, he said and added “thanks to Mr. Soz for adding a number to those who did not want the removal of AFSPA.
Kamal said that criticism will continue as Congress and NC are coalition partners but both are opponents as well, besides, criticism is part of the politics and Congress persons are neither saints nor untouchables. Kamal said opposition is soul of democracy and will continue in future also.
Given Congress’s simple strategy is ‘my way or high way’ which remains worth to watch. Congress has only two options either go for rotational chief minister or to join hands with PDP, but decision in each case would be taken by high command in Delhi. National Conference on the other hand will try to compromise at the best of its possibilities because having no option other than Congress. Experts here believe that Congress never would like to be treated as team ‘B’ to which all Congress leaders from central to state are singing on the similar tune.