J&K Youth Cong Demands Apology From Mustafa Kamal11 March 2011
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Youth Congress today demanded an apology from Mustafa Kamal, brother of National Conference patron and Union minister Farooq Abdullah, for his remarks against the last ruler of erstwhile Dogra kingdom. 'Kamal should tender a public apology to Jammu and Kashmir people for his anti-Maharaja comments,' vice president of the state Youth Congress R S Pathania said. NC MLA Kamal had recently told Assembly that Maharaja Hari Singh of erstwhile Dogra kingdom in Jammu and Kashmir was the most cruel and worst for Kashmiris and his father Sheikh Abdullah was instrumental in wiping it out the kingdom and installing a democratic rule in the state. 'Youth Congress leadership appeals to NC Chief Farooq Abdullah and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to rein in their recalcitrant MLA (Mustafa Kamal) and bar him from further creating tight corners by delivering useless statements and hurting the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,' Pathania said. Kamal's remark also drew criticism from several other political parties. Senior PDP Leader Muzaffar Hussain Baigh told Assembly 'Sheikh Abdullah was not against Maharaja Hari Singh and was respected by the people of the state... We should not speak against Maharaja. He was fine and honest man.' Lashing at Kamal in the Assembly, JKNPP leader Balwant Mankotia said, 'Instead of abusing Dogra Maharaja, he (Kamal) should salute him for bringing democracy. Today, government of Omar Abdullah is more cruel by killing hundreds people. In Maharaja's rule not even ten people were killed.'