NC Leader Gives Militants Clean Chit

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NC Leader Gives Militants Clean Chit In Attacks On Rural Reps

SRINAGAR (ONS) – Holding the Jama’at-e-Islami (JI) and the PDP responsible for fatal attacks on panchayat members, senior NC leader Dr. Mustafa Kamaal on Tuesday said that militants would not use firepower on rural representatives as “their (militants’) writ runs solely on fear.”

Dr. Kamaal said that the J and K Congress had no role in state government as, according to him, the NC had tied up with the party’s central leadership.

Referring to UJC chief Syed Salahuddin’s statement on panchayat members, the NC leader refused to accept that militants, particularly the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, would target the rural representatives.

“If the Hizb carries out fatal attacks on panchayat members, it will lead to mass resentment, and if it does not (target panchayats), New Delhi will trumpet that the situation has improved,” Dr. Kamaal told the KMN in an interview.

“In this dilemma, the militants can do nothing except build pressure,” he said. “They cannot target panchayat men with guns, as their writ runs solely by fear,” he said.

“The Jama’at-e-Islami has got two sarpanches liquidated, and the PDP too is involved in similar incidents,” he said. “A few Jama’at men have already been taken into custody.”

“Syed Salahuddin issued a particular statement first, and later changed it,” he said.

“The Jama’at-e-Islami and the PDP have begun this blood-letting because their say does not prevail before panchayat representatives,” he said.

In reply to a question, Dr. Kamaal said that his party had not allied with the state Congress but with the central Congress.

“The Pradesh Congress has no role in the state government, but there is no question of parting ways with the coalition, as the party cannot live without kursi,” he said. “It can only resort to pressure tactics.”

“The central and the state Congress have a master-slave relationship,” he said. “We do not object when the Congress makes a principled point.”

In reply to a question on the Indian constitution’s 73rd Amendment, Dr. Kamaal said that there was no need to apply a central law directly when the state had its own constitution and Panchayati Raj Act.

“Should the need arise, the existing law can be strengthened by the state legislature, and if there is anything important in the 73rd Amendment, it can be included in our own Act,” he said.

When asked whether chief minister had called off Block Development Council polls under pressure from the Congress, Dr. Kamaal said: “Omar Abdullah has a dagger at his chest and a crown of thorns on his head. It is only he who can feel the pain.”

“But yes, this or that must have happened. I won’t say pressure. Consultations with the centre may have happened,” he said.

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