Rift in Hurriyat over parallel EC
14 February 2002
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Differences have cropped up within the 23-party Hurriyat Conference over the formation of a parallel ''election commission''. Some executive members of the amalgam and second rung leaders have now raised objections for not having been consulted over the issue. Hurriyat insiders said that two executive members had objected to the formation of the team saying that none of the minority leaders had been included in the commission. Hurriyat Conference’s executive committee, which met last week, failed to arrive at any decision on the issue saying that two of its leaders were away in Delhi and a decision could be taken only after their return. However, the Hurriyat chairman announced the composition of the commission even though both the leaders — Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq — were still in the Capital. The insiders said the two leaders were not consulted before the formation of the team. Besides, its so-called chief election commissioner Tapan Bose was also not informed before the announcement was made. The ''election commission'' is a brainchild of JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik, with backing from Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat, insiders said. They said that some of the second rung leaders had also written from jail to Hurriyat exexcutive members asking them not to toy with such an idea. The second rung leadership from People''s Conference, Muslim Conference and Jamat-e- Islamia asked executive members to make their stand clear about the election commission.