NC leaders target their ministers, legislators

Say Party Cadres Are Being Ignored


Srinagar, Nov 26: Ministers and legislators of ruling National Conference (NC) came under severe criticism from none other than their own leaders in full public glare here on Saturday, with the latter saying that party cadres have been pushed to the wall during the last three years.
Various NC leaders were speaking at a meeting called by the party to discuss the arrangements for commemorating the 106th birth anniversary of the party founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah on December 5.
Addressing the workers at Nawai-Subah headquarters, National Conference district president Shopian, Shabir Ahmad Kullay, said party ministers and MLAs were marginalizing workers as they are ‘indifferent towards us.’
“We are being victimized and discriminated by our ministers. They don’t have time even to listen to our genuine grievances,” he said.
NC provincial president Ali Muhammad Dar interrupted him on dais, saying ‘these utterances are not allowed here.’
“Let you speak in front of ministers. You should not talk like this in their absence,” Dar told him. But Shabir continued to speak, drawing applause from the workers.
“We won 90 percent seats during recently held Panchayat polls in Shopain district. What answer we will give to our workers who toiled hard for victory during these elections,” Shabir added.
Mincing no words in castigating the coalition partner Congress, the NC leader said they will not tolerate domination of the party (Congress) in alliance government at any cost.
“How dare their (Congress) leader can claim they are not comfortable in alliance with us,” he added.
Asking cadres to maintain discipline, National Conference leader from Pulwama,Ghulam Nabi Niloora supported Shabir’s views.
“It would have been much better if all our ministers were present here today. We are giving an impression as if party is all about Constituency Development Fund (CDF),” he said, adding that grass root workers need to rise above the petty interests for strengthening the party.
NC member parliament from north Kashmir’s Baramulla-Kupwara parliamentary segment, Sharif-ud-din Shariq said state government led by Omar Abdullah enjoys full support of Congress high command.
“The Centre is satisfied with the performance of NC led coalition government. The services rendered by this government for last three years are praiseworthy and commendable,” he said.
Flaying Peoples Democratic Party for, what he termed as, hatching conspiracies against CM, Shariq said the opposition ‘got humiliating defeat every time.’
“Mufti Muhammad Sayeed imposed Armed Forces Special Powers Act in 1990 to kill thousands of youth. He imposed the law to devastate human habitations. Random crackdowns, catch and kill, shoot-at-sight, hundred bullets in response to one were orders of Mufti,” he alleged, adding, “Muzaffar Hussain Beigh conspired with the then Governor Jagmohan to put Kashmiri youth in jails outside the state to save his post of Advocate General.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:00:00 IST

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