'Cong Day Dreaming About Forming Govt On Its Own'

'Cong Day Dreaming About Forming Govt On Its Own'

9 April 2013
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Asserting that the coalition partner Congress would fail once again to form government on its own, senior National Conference leader Dr. Mustafa Kamaal today said that the party has been making efforts to that end since 1972 but has never succeeded. NC Adl. General Secretary flayed Congress for distancing from National Conference stand on Afzal Guru issue and also denounced the State Congress Chief Prof Saifudin Soz for claiming that Panchayat empowerment was confined to paper work only. “Claims of Soz Sahab to form the government on its own are welcome. But one should learn from history. State Congress has been making these claims since 1972 but all these claims have been proven to be mere utterances”, Kamaal said in an interview on Monday. When asked that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had expressly asked Congressmen to get ready for pre-poll alliance at various occasions, he said, “Omar Sahab never asked them but only expressed his personal desire for that. He (Omar Abdullah) had also made it clear time and again that the ultimate decision has to be taken by the party high command”. Accusing the centre of adopting double standards when it comes to State of J&K, NC leader said, “Congress distanced itself from us (NC) over the issue of Afzal Guru. And how can we expect it (Congress) to go against the wishes of federal government”. “Omar Sahab is the leader of people and represents aspirations of people. He is not in need to consult Soz Sahab before leaving to Delhi for discussions on the issues with the central government. He is representative of people and as being the CM of State he has direct contacts and relations with the federal government”, said Kamaal while replying to a query. Senior NC leader said that earlier Assembly polls would amount to betrayal to people. “People have elected us for the term of six years and the will of people should be respected”. Denouncing the statement of Soz wherein he had called empowerment of Panchayat’s confined to papers, Kamaal said, “I don’t know why he (Soz) is feeling like that. Earlier he had made hue and cry over the empowerment issue. Then we (NC) made him understand that State has its own Pachayat Act. He has presented his suggestions for empowerment which were also discussed in Coordination Committee meeting. I don’t know now about what he is talking about. Panchayats have been empowered in the State”.