Cong Ministers Threaten To Boycott Cabinet Meetings

Cong Ministers Threaten To Boycott Cabinet Meetings

5 August 2013
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Anti-Congress statements issued by senior National Conference leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal over the past few weeks Monday took an ugly turn when Congress leaders threatened that its ministers would boycott the Cabinet meetings until Kamaal apologizes. They also demanded that NC high command should expel Kamal from the party as he was a “threat to coalition.” The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting chaired by Congress State vice-president and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga at PCC headquarters here. “Participants of the meeting took serious note of Kamaal’s recent utterances against Congress and PCC chief Prof Saifudin Soz. The Congress leaders evolved a consensus that Kamaal should tender an apology or else all party ministers would stay away from Cabinet meetings in protest,” said the participants of the meeting. They said it seems that Kamaal doesn’t want coalition to run smoothly. “Kamaal should know that NC is in power because of Congress. He should go for introspection instead of accusing Congress leadership one or the other way,” they said. “Congress is a secular party having history of more than 125 years. We are a people’s party.” They said by issuing statements against PCC Chief Prof Saifudin Soz won’t make any impact on his image. “Soz sahib is a known figure from Delhi to JK. He doesn’t need anybody’s certificate,” the Congress leaders said. Monga said if Kamaal doesn’t apologize for his anti-Congress statements, all Congress ministers would stay away from Cabinet meetings. “We also demand that Kamaal should be expelled from the party so that coalition runs smoothly,” he told Greater Kashmir. Among others, those who attended the meeting included Abdul Gani Khan, Anayatullah Rather, Farooq Andrabi, Syed Yaseen Shah, Zahid Hussain Jan, Master Muhammad Maqbool, Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, Khursheed Ahmad Zargar and Nissar Ahmad Khan. Pertinently, Kamal had termed Soz as a “political turncoat” and has stated in past that AICC working president Rahul Gandhi had no role in Kashmir politics. He had also accused Congress leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand of being “neck-deep” in corruption. Interestingly, Kamal kept his anti-Congress tirade on despite clear-cut directions by his elder brother and NC president Farooq Abdullah that he should not issue any statement against the coalition partner. “I tell my brother Mustafa that he should not create an atmosphere where our enemies would feel proud and take undue advantage of the situation. He should refrain from issuing any statements against the Congress,” Farooq had told Kamal last year on the eve of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s anniversary at Hazratbal.