Accusations Of Political Payoffs Have Discredited Elections: Baig

Accusations Of Political Payoffs Have Discredited Elections: Baig

25 September 2013
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig today said the former army chief General V K Singh’s allegations that the ministers in JK were on the payrolls of army, has not only discredited the local politicians, but has also put a question mark on the credibility of the successive elections held in the state. He said Army as an institution must come clean on Gen Singh’s accusations. “Gen Singh’s controversial diatribe has put a question mark on the credibility of the central government, army and the rulers and politicians of state. His remarks have also raised doubts over the integrity and probity of the state’s politicians in the eyes of people,” Baig said in a statement today, adding that; “if the allegations of the Gen Singh are taken at their face value, New Delhi’s claims that people have been participating in the elections in J&K on their volition, are hollow and meaningless. “It has also negated New Delhi’s claims that there is no interference of army in the political affairs of the country,” he said. “When the report that the state cabinet minister Ghulam Hassan Mir had received huge sums of money from the army for political purposes appeared in Indian Express, he (Singh) had then termed the allegations as wrong and described Mir as “patriotic god.” But it is surprising that very next day Gen Singh admitted that money received by the minister was not a bribe but it was for “winning hearts and minds of people.” In his third statement, Gen Singh claimed that besides Mir, other ministers also received money and that it (money) was provided for conducting Panchayati polls in the state,” said Baig, adding that; “I do not know how far the allegations leveled against Mir and other ministers are correct. If these allegations are false, Mir can refute these allegations and file a defamation suit against Gen Singh.” “I am of this view that the politicians should be the agents of those from they garner votes. If they become agents of someone else, they deceive their voters and commit treason,” said Baig, adding that Gen Singh’s statement that the money was being provided to the ministers to win over their hearts and minds, is highly shameful. “It would be better if Army as an institution condemns the Gen Singh’s ideology and policy,” Baig said, appealing to the chief minister and central government to get the matter investigated through court or hand it over to some credible agency for probe.