Differences come to fore

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Dec 5: While National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday asked party ranks to work as a cohesive unit, differences within the Abdullah Family were visible at a function here organized to pay homage to Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah on his birth anniversary.
The expelled party Chief Spokesman and younger son of Sheikh, Mustafa Kamaal, unlike in the past, did not join his brother Dr Abdullah and nephew Omar Abdullah in paying floral tributes and offer Fateha to the NC founder at his mausoleum at Naseem Bagh. Instead, he preferred to pay homage separately.
 “I came to know about their arrival late. Dr Farooq is my elder brother and a fatherly figure. I am deeply connected to the party. Grievances and misgiving are part of life,” Dr Kamaal tried to avoid questions why he did not join Dr Abdullah and Omar. “I am part of the family. They (Omar and Dr Abdullah) are provided Z-plus category security. I always come alone.”
 The differences in the family followed expulsion of Dr Kamaal from the posts of party’s chief spokesman and Additional General Secretary for attacking coalition partner, Congress, and accusing Army of launching grenade attacks to scuttle the chief minister’s move to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some parts of J&K.
 After being ousted, Kamaal alleged that Omar was a “weak and insecure chief minister and he has made compromises on party interests with Congress to remain in power.”
 Later, two senior NC leaders- political advisor to Chief Minister Mubarak Gul and MP Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri- came out in open against each other and traded charges.
 “Political advisor of the Chief Minister is responsible for disenchantment and unrest within the NC and the government…There is gradual disempowerment of Kashmiris as the state has turned into a police state,” Ratanpuri had said.
 To this, Gul responded: “Rattanpuri, who was till the other day a small time broadcaster with Radio Kashmir, could not digest his elevation to the Rajya Sabha and after failing to perform his duties, was making absurd, frivolous and baseless statements”.
 Today, however, without naming anybody, Dr Abdullah asked party leaders to narrow down their differences.
 “Despite desperate attempts by some elements to split National Conference it will continue to function as a cohesive unit. All of you should work for strengthening the party,” Dr Abdullah said.
 Without elaborating, he said it is not for the first time that “conspiracies are being hatched” against National Conference. “Efforts of such elements will not succeed and the party leaders will work as a cohesive unit,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST




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