Congress-PDF Rift Widens In J&K
11 April 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Differences within 18-month-old coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir widened on Sunday with Peoples' Democratic Party serving a notice to its dominant partner, Congress that relations between them would continue till the period Congress represented the sentiments of the people and safeguarded their interests.Congress-PDP relations will last as long the party (Congress) represents sentiments of Kashmiris and work for safeguarding their interests,' senior PDP leader and Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh said addressing a gathering in Uri on Sunday. 'The party should stop dancing to the tunes of Delhi (high command of the party),' he said. They get votes from the people of Jammu and Kashmir and as such should represent their sentiments and safeguard their interests, Beigh said. The minister, who was injured in the grenade explosion at a rally in Uri on Thursday, today visited the town without security. He boarded a private vehicle and went to the site of the incident. The relations between the two dominant coalition partners were strained when Congress backed out to support the permanent resident (disqualification) bill and fielded its candidate in Baramulla parliamentary constituency against the wishes of PDP.