NC’s strategy to expose Govt on every front: Omar
6 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU: National Conference president Omar Abdullah has said that his Party has chalked out a strategy to expose ‘ruling coalition’ in the Jammu and Kashmir during Budget session of the State Legislature commencing tomorrow. Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, the Party president said National Conference MLAs and MLCs are fully charged and have geared up to play the role of strong opposition in forthcoming Budget session. Our legislators will fully expose the Government on many issues of the public interest. Omar said the Party MLAs will also be discussing the strategy and some issues during a meeting being held this evening at the Party headquarters here. The session has been reduced to mere 20 days which is a mockery. It shows that Government was not much serious in resolving public issues. Referring to next poll strategy Omar said, 'for certain constituencies we have decided to declare candidates much earlier before elections. We will be selecting the candidate among the 2-3 strong contenders. If anybody goes against Party’s decision he may not damage the party or may go in contest at his own. Responding to a question on Congress-PDP poll alliance decision for next Assembly elections, Omar said NC may also go in for alliance with any like minded party. But we have kept our options open. Poll alliance is possible with any party which suits to NC and not damages the interest of the either. But it would be premature to comment on this issue at this juncture, Omar maintained. Commenting on opening of bus service across LoC, NC president said it is just fraud and illusion. Families intending to go there are not given clearance. Those intending to go are supposed to give list of at least 10 relations. Such restrictions were not announced at the time of opening of roads. It was made a big fanfare just to seek publicity but in reality it is just fraud with the innocent people on both the sides. He said such restrictions be lifted by both the sides. Welcoming Romesh Motton, former PDP general secretary, hailing from R S Pura in the NC fold on the occasion, Omar said with the joining of Motton Party will become more stronger in RS Pura-Suchetgarh area. He said many more are knocking the doors of National Conference to join but Party would take only those who are really needed to serve the people and the State. Former Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather while describing 'Zero Deficit Budget' of the coalition Government as mockery and a drama, said that it is just another attempt to befool the innocent public. He said even the State Finance Minister during a TV programme yesterday admitted the fact. 'It is unfortunate that for the first time in the history of J&K such a minimum time is being given for Budget Session. It shows how much Azad Government is serious in dealing with public issues. Mr Rather pointed out that in just 20 days, Government would discuss 29 Ministries, take up over 1200 questions, hold discussion on budget and Governor’s address besides moving and discussing bills and resolutions. He said Opposition will expose the Government and it will try its best to take advantage of minimum time being given to take up public issues in the Legislature. Provincial president of the Party Ajay Sadhotra, Mushtaq Bhukhari, Rashpal Singh-MLAs, Devinder Rana (MLC) and others were also present.