Kargil Council: Congress cries foul

PCC Accuses Omar Of Nominating 4 Members ‘Unconstitutionally’

Seeks Emergency Cabinet Meeting To Sort-Out The Issue


Srinagar, Sep 5: Tug-of-war between National Conference (NC) and Congress over the constitution of Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council (KAHDC) Thursday took an ugly turn when the state Congress accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of violating the rules by nominating four members of his own before the formation of new Council. The move has prompted Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand to shoot a letter to Chief Minister urging him to convene an emergency meeting of the state cabinet to sort-out the issue.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Asghar Karbalai, senior Congress leader from Kargil, who emerged victorious in KAHDC polls, alleged that four persons have been nominated by the Chief Minister of his own as the members of the Hill Council without consulting his alliance partner Congress. “This is unethical, illegal and unconstitutional,” he told Greater Kashmir over phone from Kargil. He said the development took place at a time when Congress bagged 10 seats in the recently held KAHDC polls and also managed the support of 5 independent candidates to stake claim for leading the new Council.
“Today all the 15 elected members signed a resolution which was forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Fida Hussain to seek formal permission for formation of the Council,” he said.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) vice president Ghulam Nabi Monga accused Chief Minister of violating the ‘coalition dharma’ by nominating four “NC men” in the Council on his own. “This is unfortunate and tantamount to backstabbing,” he said.
“The party has taken a strong note of the issue.  NC has no regards for democracy. There seems to be a deliberate attempt by NC to create an atmosphere of disgust within the coalition which is not a good sign,” he said.
Karbalai said as per the rule, the government should have nominated two people from the principle majority while two others were supposed to be nominated from the women folk. “But Chief Minister has not followed the law. We demand, the order issued by the government should be revoked, forthwith,” he said.
Reliable sources revealed that Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand has shot off a letter to the Chief Minister on behalf of all Congress ministers urging him to convene an emergency Cabinet meet to hash-out the issue.
On the other hand, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, said Chief Minister has not violated any rule. “The notification for the formation of Council has been issued, so the government can nominate the four members,” he said.
However, NC Additional General Secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal said an arrangement between Congress and NC has already been worked-out— four
nominated seats in Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council would rest with Congress while four nomination seats in Kargil would be with NC. “I guess Congress leadership has forgotten this,” he said.
Sources in the NC camp said Chief Minister has directed Finance Minister Abdur Rahim Rather to sort-out the issue with the PCC chief Prof Saifuddin Soz in the Coalition Coordination Committee (CCC) meeting. “Since Rather is in-charge of Ladakh affairs, he has been authorized by the Chief Minister to talk on behalf of the government over the issue of Kargil nominations with Prof Soz,” they said.
Pertinently, KAHDC elections were held on August 22 while the results were declared on August 28 which gave a fractured mandate – 10 to Congress, eight to NC and eight to independent candidates. While Congress managed five out of the eight independents taking its strength to 15, NC remained at 11 with the support of three independents from Islamia School Kargil. “Now that we are 11 and have the support of four nominated members, both the parties have 15 candidates each. If we can’t stake claim on leading the Council, we can demand half of its term which means two-and-a half years to Congress and NC each,” a senior NC leader said, on the condition of anonymity.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 6 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST

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