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Srinagar, Apr 30: The infighting in the state Congress is back in focus as Medical Education Minister and senior party leader, Taj Mohiudin, Tuesday took up the fake drug scam issue with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, informing her that people of J&K were up in arms against the scandal.
Taj’s move is visibly to embarrass former Health Minister and his ‘rival’ in the party, Sham Lal Sharma, in whose tenure the fake drugs have been procured and supplied to government hospitals.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, Taj said he met Sonia in the afternoon.
“I told her that people of J&K are up in arms against the spurious drug scam. She was surprised to hear the news as she was not aware of the issue,” Taj said.
The Congress President, Taj informed, sought records about the issue. “I think she will reach to the bottom of the case,” said Taj, who is the Medical Education Minster.
Taj said he didn’t discuss the factionalism within the state unit of the party, especially his problems with PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma. “I didn’t touch the issue,” he said.
Taj and Sham Lal Sharma have been involved in a war of words and both have indirectly accused each other of irregularities in their former departments. Before the Cabinet reshuffle in January, Taj was PHE minister while Sham held Health department. Since then, Sham has been exposing alleged irregularities in PHE department while Taj has taken the drug scam to Sonia.
In an attempt to defend himself in the wake of alleged irregularities during his tenure as PHE Minister, Taj submitted a 100-page report to Sonia about his ‘four-year achievements’ as minister of the department.
Meanwhile, the fact that Congress high command was not aware of the drug scam has evoked strong reaction here.
“Voice against the spurious drug scam is echoing from every nook and corner of Kashmir for the past one month. It means that Congress high command doesn’t bother about deaths due to fake drugs here,” said President Doctors Association of Kashmir, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan. “It is Congress ministers who are involved in the scam. Ignorance on part of Congress President has rubbed salt on the wounds of people of Kashmir.”
“We blame Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his silence and his entire team for keeping Congress President in dark,” he said.
“Entire Kashmir has been protesting against spurious drug scam and Congress President says she is not aware? Why didn’t state Congress President Prof Saifudin Soz or Taj brief Sonia earlier?” asked Kashmir Economic Alliance spokesman Siraj Ahmed. KEA is an amalgam of traders, hoteliers, tour operators and transporters of Kashmir.
Pertinently, Joint Action Forum, comprising doctors and paramedics, has called for general strike on May 6 to seek action against those involved in the spurious medicines scam.
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