Srinagar, Oct 9: A day after terming State Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir as 'our' MLA, Pradesh Congress Committee on Wednesday did a volte-face, saying he is just an ally of the party. But the party once again defended Mir by saying that none should be pronounced guilty until proven so.
Participating in the discussion in Legislative Council over the payoff allegations by former Army Chief General VK Singh, Congress leaders Muhammad Muzaffar Parray and G N Monga rebutted the utterances of their colleague Bashir Ahmad Magray.
On Tuesday, Magray had created a storm in LC by claiming that PCC Chief Saifuddin Soz had turned down the resignation of Mir following the controversy. He had even described Mir as Congress MLA and Minister.
Pertinently, according to media reports Mir was paid Rs 1.19 crore by the Army's secret unit Technical Support Division (TSD) for toppling Omar Abdullah-led government in the state.
Today Parray and Monga, instead of focusing their speeches on VK Singh's allegations, tried to distance the party and Soz from Magray's controversial remarks.
"It is not correct that he (Mir) is our MLA. He is our ally and not a member," Parray said, even
demanding that remarks of Magray should be expunged.
In the same breath, the Congress leader said nobody should be pronounced guilty, until proven so. Parray said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was pronounced innocent in the death of Haji Yousuf.
Parray praised Soz saying, "He is a great secular leader with grand political wisdom."
Monga termed the remarks of Magray as sweeping and said Congress supports the demand of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party of a thorough probe into the payoff allegations.
"It is not a fact that he is our member. He is heading a party called DPN (Democratic Party Nationalist)," Monga said.
On this, Ali Muhammad Sagar, in a sarcastic tone, told him that Magray's remarks have made newspaper headlines today.
"It is not advisable to make an issue of it," Monga told the House.