Only Muslim can become JK CM: NC

Only Muslim can become JK CM: NC

Kamal assures PDP full support for 6 years if alliance takes shape

Srinagar, Dec 29:  Asserting that only a Muslim can become chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference Monday said constitution of Jammu and Kashmir guarantees that the head of the state must be from the majority.

“BJP demands that the chief minister must be from their party but there is no Muslim candidate elected on a BJP ticket. Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir guarantees that only a Muslim can become the chief minister here,” NC additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal told KNS.

Asked if it means that a Hindu CM demand is unconstitutional, Kamal said: “We can put it in this way that JK is the Muslim majority state and constitution clearly says that a person from a majority can become the head of the state.”

He added that the constitution has declared it after thorough deliberations as the state has witnessed 500 year foreign rule and 100 years Dogra rule in the past. “If it is written in the Constitution that only a Muslim can become the chief minister, the BJP must not grudge over it. They must give up their communal agenda,” NC’s firebrand leader said.

Kamal, who is also uncle of the chief minister Omar Abdullah, maintained that constitutional laws must not be undermined at any cost.

While offering PDP unconditional support, Kamal said NC would not betray PDP and in no way would withdraw support, if the government is formed in Jammu and Kashmir with the NC-PDP alliance for the first time.

He added that it is for PDP to take final call for the formation of the new government in Jammu and Kashmir as it has emerged as the single largest party after the state elections of 2014. KNS