Hurt by Omar’s tweet: Kamaal

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 13: Senior National Conference (NC) leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal Tuesday said he was hurt by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s tweet but he had nothing against his nephew as he knew Omar was sitting on a chair of thorns. Kamaal also urged the Chief Minister not to make “home matters” public and added that he will continue to speak against New Delhi until it ‘falls in line and fulfills the promises made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.’
On Monday evening, the Chief Minister tweeted on micro-blogging site Twitter: “Funny thing is I don’t need anyone to make things difficult for me when I have relatives to do it for me. They say never work with animals & children. I think it’s safe to add relatives to that list as well.”
The message was taken as a veiled attack by Omar against his uncle who had made some alleged anti-India comments a day before.
“This is a childish act. I am hurt but it is alright as I know Omar is treading a path on a horse which is full of thorns. I never hurt my nephew intentionally, after all he is my blood and blood is thicker than water,” Kamaal told Greater Kashmir. He urged the Chief Minister not to make “home matters” public. “There are differences in every home, but that doesn’t mean they should be made public,” said Kamaal, who is also the Additional General Secretary of the ruling National Conference.
He said Omar seems to be perturbed by the people around him from Congress. “I can understand his compulsions and pressure under which he is working. He is sitting on a chair of thorns as it is not an easy job to head a coalition,” the NC leader said. He said Omar is young and should understand that ‘I am his father’s brother.’
“I am in politics long before him (CM). I am in politics even before he was born,” Kamaal said.
On whether his anti-India remarks had created problems for Omar, the Chief Minister’s uncle said, “I speak truth and truth is always bitter. I will continue to speak against New Delhi till they fall in line. How can I forget what happened between 1953 to 1974?” said an emotionally charged Kamaal.
Pertinently, during a public meeting in Kishtwar district of Jammu on Sunday, Kamaal had termed Government of India as “biggest enemy of Kashmir” and that New Delhi was reluctant to sign no-war treaty with Pakistan.
“I want to remind New Delhi about its promises. How long they want to keep the Kashmir issue hanging. First Kashmir Committee was formed, then Working Groups and then interlocutors but nothing happened on ground. We don’t even know whether interlocutors are alive,” said Kamaal. “This won’t do. Kashmir continues to remain sandwiched between India and Pakistan. What happened to former Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement that Kashmir acceded to India in unique circumstances?”
He said truth is an “atom-bomb and when it explodes, people would obviously get hurt.” Kamaal’s statement against GoI has already evoked fierce reaction from Congress camp in J&K and even in New Delhi. "Such a remark by any Indian is extremely unfortunate. We condemn this. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. We disassociate ourselves from the statement", Congress spokesman Sandeep Dikshit told media men in New Delhi on Monday evening.
In a joint statement, State Congress legislators said such remarks were intolerable. “The Chief Minister and his father Farooq Abdullah should come clean over the issue failing which we shall be compelled to withdraw our support (from the coalition Government in J&K),” the statement read.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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