Women’s wing of NC takes out procession, burns effigies of Dar, Mehbooba
13 March 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: To lodge their protest against the role of the coalition Government and Chairman of the State Legislative Council, Abdul Rashid Dar on the Permanent Residents (Disqualification) Bill, the Women’s Wing of National Conference (NC) took out a procession and burnt the effigies of Mr Dar and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chief Ms Mehbooba Mufti near Indira Chowk this afternoon. The procession was led by NC Women Wing chief and Ex MLA, Bimla Luthra and the senior Party leaders including the provincial chief, Ajay Sadhotra, Javed Rana, Abdul Gani Malik and Qaiser Lone all MLAs, Ch. Bashir Naz, MLC, Balbir Singh Manhas and Chander Mohan Sharma senior youth leader were also present. However, they torched the effigies near Karan Market as the Police did not allow them to proceed towards the Shalamar Chowk and Hari Market. The protesting Women Wing workers expressed their anguish over the role of the Chairman Legislative Council, Abdul Rashid Dar during the sitting of the House on March 11 when the Bill came up for voting in the House. The Protesters who were shouting slogans against Mr Dar, demanded his immediate resignation from the membership of the Legislative Council on moral grounds as NC leadership has expelled him from the basic membership of the Party. They said that the role of Mr Dar on the Bill was partial and he acted on the behest of a particular Party. Shouting slogans against the Mufti Government, Mehbooba Mufti and Mr Dar they blamed them for betraying the people of the State. Bimla Luthra said that this Government has no moral right to sit in the Office as it failed to fulfill its poll promises. Meanwhile, NC has said that the admission of Mr Dar that he adjourned the House to save the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led Government has vindicated the Party’s stand that he was a puppet in the hands of the State Government. A Party spokesman while reacting to a statement in a local daily, said Mr Dar became an instrument to execute the conspiracy hatched in Delhi to play with the destiny of the people of the state. Terming the action of Mr Dar totally undemocratic and unconstitutional, the spokesman said that his main concern was to please Delhi and State Government. Commenting on the assertion of Mr Dar that NC wanted him to take the strength of the House at 30 instead of 36, the Party Spokesman said, the view of the NC was also endorsed by the State’ Law Minister, Muzzafar Hussain Baig and legal and constitutional experts. The Spokesman said NC is committed to support the Bill and urged the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to reconvene the Session of the Upper House and support NC to pull down Chairman of the Legislative Council and pass the Bill.