Beleaguered Taj to knock Sonia’s door

‘I Will Demand Action Against Sham Lal Sharma’

ARVIND SHARMA/KNS

Jammu/Srinagar, Apr 3: Day after accusing his colleague and PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma of defaming him to scuttle his chances of becoming the next PCC Chief, Medical Education minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din Wednesday said he would approach AICC president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the issue in coming days.
“Sharma has created party indiscipline. He made allegations against me under a conspiracy to malign my image and reputation only to settle personal scores and scuttle my chances of becoming the next party chief in the state,” Taj told KNS on Wednesday.
He said that he would take up the issue with Sonia Gandhi after the ongoing Assembly session. “I’ll strongly demand an immediate action against Sharma for creating party indiscipline,” Taj said.
PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma refused to comment on the controversy, saying, “I’m not like others who discuss the business of House in media. I’ve said in House whatever I had to. I’ve great respect for sanctity of House. So I’ll not discuss these issues with media.”
Meanwhile, in the Legislative Assembly today, Taj Mohi-ud-Din produced documents purportedly stating that 7090 appointments were made from 1994 to 2005 in Public Health Engineering department and not even a single appointment was made during his tenure.
“An impression was created in the House yesterday as if Taj Mohi-ud-Din has committed a theft. There was a deliberate attempt in the House to prove that I have done all wrong as minister,” a visibly angry Taj said.
While handing over the documents to Speaker Mubarak Gul, Taj said, “All these 7090 appointments were made from 1994 to 2005 when I was not PHE Minister. During my tenure, not even a single appointment was made. I am ready for a probe by a joint legislature committee.”
As Taj produced the documents, the Speaker said that he also wanted these documents to go through the details before giving any ruling. “Yesterday, when the issue was raised, I also thought of getting the details of these appointments and during which year they were made. That is why I didn’t give any ruling,” Gul said.
Referring to M Y Tarigami, who got agitated over the issue in the House couple of days ago, Taj said, “I haven’t seen Tarigami so agitated. Although he is my friend but I am not the culprit,” he reiterated.
Following this, members including Tarigami, Ashwani Sharma, Harsh Dev Singh, Er Rashid and Yash Pal Kundal stood up and demanded inquiry over appointments made not only in PHE Department but in other departments also. Apart from these members, GM Saroori and Hakim Muhammad Yasin demanded that daily wagers and casual workers should not be made scapegoat and must not be removed from their jobs.
Tarigami said, “I have same objections even today. My concern is not that during which period these appointments were made and which minister made them. My concern is that such appointments have been made.” He demanded from the Speaker to give ruling for conducting an inquiry.
“MLAs are not here to maintain quorum only. In some constituencies 1000 people have been appointed, in some 600, while in some constituencies only a few are appointed”, he said and added, “It is your party’s internal matter, set your house in order but please don’t do this.”
While demanding an inquiry over appointments in all departments, Ashwani Sharma said, “Chief Minister had assured on the floor of the House that those responsible will not be spared. What about that? Where are the reports of House Committee?” He demanded inquiry from 1992 onwards.
Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Ittoo intervened in the debate, saying, “An impression is being created that ministers have done all this. Get details of all the departments and get an inquiry conducted.”
Demanding an inquiry over the appointments, Harsh Dev Singh said, “If this is the way you are going to make 43,000 appointments, then don’t do it?”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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