Cong can never form Govt in JK: Kamaal

‘NC In Alliance With AICC Not PCC’


Islamabad (Anantnag), Nov 7: Asserting that Congress can never form government in Jammu and Kashmir, Additional General Secretary of the ruling National Conference (NC), Dr Mustafa Kamaal Wednesday said the party was in alliance with the central Congress – AICC - and not its state unit - Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).
Kamal also made it clear that New Delhi cannot dictate terms to J&K government on any issue.
“The Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are only concerned about their own interests but NC has always given priority to the interests of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the country,” said Dr Kamaal while speaking at the concluding function of the T-20 cricket tournament here.
He said the party has rendered tremendous sacrifices for the honor and dignity of the people of the state. “It is NC which provided the state with its own constitution and has been there to protect it,” said Dr Kamaal.
He said the Congress should keep it in mind that they can never form the government in the state.
“The state Congress has been time and again threatening of withdrawing support to us but let me make it clear to them that they have no role in the present coalition government as we are in coalition with the Congress high command at the centre and not with them (local Congress),” said Dr Kamaal.
He said though there might be some differences on certain issues with the Congress in centre but these are being sorted out without compromising the principles of the party.
Reacting to allegations of the PDP that the state government is following the diktats of New Delhi, Kamaal said; “Our government is an elected one and no one can dictate terms to us”.
On empowerment of the Panchayats, Dr Kamaal said; “I don’t know why there is all this hue and cry about the empowerment of Panchayats when the fact is that they have already been empowered”.
He said the government will take every possible step to make the Panchayats more effective. “We cannot allow bringing in the central laws as we have our own constitution and can frame our own laws,” said Dr Kamaal.
He said that Panchayat representatives will come to know about their powers once the Block Development Councils (BDCS) are formed.
On the security to the Panchs and Sarpanchs, Dr Kamaal said the central and state government has already made their stand clear on the issue. “Though the safety of the Panchayat representatives is our obligation but providing security to each and every Panch and Sarpanch is not possible at all,” Dr Kamaal said.
On the recent threat issues to the Panchayat representatives by UJC chief Syed Salah-ud-Din, Dr Kamaal said; “He (Salah-ud-Din) should recall his earlier statement wherein he had said they have nothing to do with the election of Panchayats as these are meant to address the developmental issues of the villages. So, his threat to the Panchayat representatives is not justified at all”.
He said that he (Salah-ud-Din) should realize these Panchs and Sarpanchs are working on ground level after being elected through a democratic process by 80 percent people.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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