Soz Echoes AICC Stand On Judicial Probe11 October 2011
Hiranagar: Describing the alleged custodial death of National Conference (NC) worker Haji Yousuf as “unfortunate incident”, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz on Tuesday backed AICC stance of judicial probe into the incident. “It is the not necessary all the time for all the people to speak on all the issues. This is sufficient whatever the party’s national spokesperson has said about judicial probe (as ordered by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah). We should wait how judicial probe takes place”, Soz told reporters in an informal chat on the sidelines of a public gathering here. The state Congress chief, however, evaded repeated queries on alleged custodial death of the NC worker, saying he didn’t want to add to the statement of the party’s national spokesperson Abhishek Shingvi. “We are leaving it to the national spokesperson and he has made the remarks. He said that there will be judicial probe and everything will be known,” Soz reacted after being asked about the Congress’s “silence” over the issue. Asked about the Minister for PHE Taj Mohi-ud-Din openly backing the Chief Minister on judicial probe, the JKPCC said he was the cabinet minister and he could support his chief minister. “I am meeting him (Taj) tomorrow,” he said. ROTATIONAL CHIEF MINISTER Responding to a query whether the AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi made any assurance vis-à-vis rotational Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir, the JKPCC chief said, “I had repeatedly been saying since long that it is not at my level to speak over the issue. It is for the Congress high command to decide. The workers raised the issue of rotational chief minister during his recent visit and Rahul Ji heard them patiently”. Soz remarked, “He assured that he would discuss it with the Congress high command”. NOT PUTTING NC ON BACK-FOOT Asked whether Congress leadership weighed down for rotational chief ministership in the wake of recent controversy over the alleged custodial death of the NC worker, Soz said that Congress has no programme to put its coalition partner (NC) on back-foot. “The state situation is open to all. Everyday is a new day and we plan our action according to the situation,” he said. He, however, said the Congress was against all kind of corruption at all levels whether it includes the BJP (cross-voting row) or any other political party. INCORPORATION OF 73-74TH AMENDMENTS Earlier addressing the public gathering of party workers, Panchs and Sarpanchs, Soz sent a strong message to its coalition partner NC, saying the government has no option but to incorporate 73rd and 74th amendments to empower the local bodies at village and urban levels. “The Congress party would fight and get the provisions of 73rd Amendment accepted by the coalition government,” he maintained. DISCRIMINATION WITH CONG WORKERS Expressing concern over the “discrimination” against the Congress workers by the ministers of ruling National Conference, the JKPCC chief asked the party workers to effectively raise the issue with him and not at public forums so that all their grievances get redressed. He was accompanied by Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla, senior vice president PCC Mangat Ram Sharma, senior vice president PCC Dharampal Sharma and other senior leaders of the Committee.