Sheikh-Indira Accord Was Never Signed, NC Tells Congress

Sheikh-Indira Accord Was Never Signed, NC Tells Congress

10 July 2012
Times of India


Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir's ruling National Conference on Monday claimed that chief minister Omar Abdullah's grandfather, Sheikh Abdullah, had not signed the 1975 accord with then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that paved the way for the party's return to power after it dropped its demand for plebiscite. The statement, which implies that the NC regards the political future of J&K unresolved, escalated the war of words between the ruling party and the Congress, its main alliance partner in the state. 'Which accord are you talking about? How did the Congress leaders conclude that an accord was signed?' Omar's uncle and NC additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal said. Kamal was reacting to state minister and senior Congress leader Taj Mohiuddin's statement that the 1975 accord was the only basis to decide the state's future. 'An understanding was reached between Sheikh and Indira Gandhi in 1975 which was based on deliberations between Mirza Afzal Beigh (NC leader) and (civil servant) G Parthashastry. No accord was sig8ned,' said Kamal. He said the Congress was trying to 'demean', 'humiliate' and 'weaken' his party. The NC leader also lashed out at the Congress, saying it was keen on aligning with the opposition People's Democratic Party. 'They have an alternative and look keen on forging an alliance with the PDP,' said Kamal. The Congress condemned Kamal's comment as 'mudslinging'. State Congress spokesman Ravindra Sharma asked the NC leader to 'hold his tongue' and to 'mind his own business' as it could disturb the coalition's smooth functioning. 'The remarks made by Kamal are not in the interest of the coalition partners as they are objectionable and distort historical facts. This is intolerable to our cadres,' said Sharma. He said the NC is in power due to the Congress's support. Earlier, the NC had sacked Kamal in 2011 for speaking against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi. He was reinstated a few months later.