Soz, Cong Leaders Hatching Conspiracy To Dislodge Omar: Kamal

Soz, Cong Leaders Hatching Conspiracy To Dislodge Omar: Kamal

10 August 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Reacting sharply to J&K Pradesh Congress president Saif-u-Din Soz’s statement wherein he had said he succeeded in preventing revocation of the controversial AFSPA, the ruling National Conference Friday said he along with some other local congress leaders was hatching a conspiracy to dislodge Omar Abdullah government to form a new political alliance in the state. “Soz wants to create a hostile atmosphere within the coalition which would eventually force NC to leave the coalition”, NC Additional General Secretary Mustafa Kamal told a local news gathering agency, KNS. He said his party won’t give Soz a chance to ‘rejoice’ by pulling out of the coalition. “He (Soz) has been the darling of Mufti Mohamad Sayeed and they are the two faces of the same coin. Putting such a view point on AFSPA in public domain indicates that Congress wants to use army for their own purposes,” he said. Stating that when new army chief himself says AFSPA could be partially revoked and Chief Minster having made it clear that the controversial law has to go, Kamal said, “How could Soz make such a senseless statement. Such statements make it clear ‘who does and who doesn’t care for the people of the state”. He made it clear that National Conference will not heed to such statements and would continue to press for revocation of AFSPA law from the State. “AFSPA was only to curtail militancy in the State and now when there is improvement in the situation, we can’t afford to continue with such laws. It wasn’t a political issue but purely of administrative nature and Soz had no authority to oppose it,” he said. “Believe me he (Soz) is no more a good baby for Congress high command. They don’t have any material here and such are helpless to continue with him”, he said. Accusing the state congress chief of ‘dancing on Mufti’s tunes’, Kamal said, “Everybody here knows that Mufti got nurtured in Soz’s lap and this is an ages old friendship”. He accused Soz of trying to play with the sentiments of the people of the State for meager ‘political’ interests’. “Soz wants to keep the unrest continuing until AFSPA is actually revoked from the state,” he said and maintained that Omar government would now like to take up issues directly with the Congress high command. “We feel it now better to bypass the local congress and discuss the sensitive issues directly with congress high command”, Kamal said and urged Congress high command not to take Soz and other local Congress leaders seriously and continue to strengthen Omar Abdullah government.