Chrar-e-Sharief (Budgam), June 22, (Scoop News)-Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Mr Tariq Hameed Karra today said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s admission that the BJP legislators bargained and voted for National Conference (NC) candidates in 2011 polls for 6 Legislative Council seats has only brought out the fact that how NC is having a simultaneous alliance with Congress and BJP in the State. He said Chief Minister’s revelation about bargaining by BJP legislators also points to the disturbing fact that how political corruption is being promoted by this government at the highest levels. “PDP has right from the beginning maintained that while NC is having an overt coalition with the Congress in the State, it is enjoying a covert alliance with BJP simultaneously,” Mr Karra said while addressing a series of public meetings in Chrar-e-Sharief assembly segment of Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary constituency. Pertinently, Chief Minister had at a function in Jammu recently said that BJP legislators after “bargaining” with the Government voted for NC-Congress coalition candidates during the 2011 polls for six LC seats. NC-Congress alliance had won five out of the six seats with the help of BJP. Omar had also said that BJP legislators had earlier also voted for Dr Farooq Abdullah during the latter’s election for Rajya Sabha. “Doesn’t Omar Abdullah’s admission of purchasing BJP votes make it a fit case of corruption against not only those who got the money, but also those who paid it for buying votes,” Mr Karra said and added that it has been NC’s trait, right from the beginning, to misuse the state and its official organs for power.
He said if such a thing would have happened in any other state, the culprits, howsoever powerful, would have been since behind the bars, “but unfortunately the rule of law could never cross the Lakhanpur Toll Post to make the individuals and institutions accountable in J&K.”
“This is one of the primary reasons why people in J&K have least faith in the institutions of governance and the democratic system,” Mr Karra said and added that it is now very clear that what could have led to the mysterious death of NC activist Haji Yousuf at the Chief Minister’s official residence in intriguing circumstances as it also revolved around political corruption. Reiterating his demand for a thorough probe into the allegations of favoritism and nepotism in the recruitments in J&K Bank, Mr Karra said the revelations by senior National Conference (NC) leader Dr Mehboob Beigh that hundreds of backdoor appointments were made in the Bank on the behest of the Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather can’t be brushed under the carpet.
“Unemployment being the major concern of every stakeholder in the State, nobody can be allowed to play with the future of educated unemployed youth by resorting to nepotism in recruitments and these need to be probed so that people know what’s going on in this premiere financial institution,” he said. Mr Karra said when the present Government is voted out f power towards the end of this year, if anything, it would be remembered as the darkest era in J&K for facilitating hundreds of innocent killings, letting loose a reign of repression on youth, facilitating wanton arrests, perpetuating fear and sense of insecurity, promoting socio-economic instability, frightening increase in crime rate, menacing drug abuse, deaths in road rage, vanishing rule of law, rampant corruption, scams, institutional degradation, misgovernance, dilapidated roads, power shortage, drinking water scarcity, unemployment, maladministration, spurious medicines, frustrating traffic snarls and countless other anti-people measures. “The gross anti-people measures of this Government are pushing people towards the wall and frustration and alienation is mounting dangerously among the young generation,” he said and added that the State is again being pushed into a state of anarchy that could lead to another phase of disorder, if corrective measures are not taken immediately. Senior PDP leaders Ghulam Nabi Lone (Hanjoora), Saifuddin Bhat and Nazir Ahmad Yatoo also addressed these meetings.
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