‘I know everything how Haji Yousuf died’

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NC leader quits, says time to speak up

SRINAGAR: In a startling revelation, prominent National Conference leader from Ganderbal Muhammad Yousuf Bhat Monday said that he saved Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his party National Conference by not sharing information about the circumstances in which NC functionary Haji Yousuf died.

“I protected Omar Abdullah and saved his chair. I maintained silence when Haji Yousuf died. I know every secret of his ‘murder’ but did not share those with anyone so far,” Muhammad Yousuf Bhat told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that National Conference is the source of continuous miseries for the people of Kashmir Valley.

Pertinently, Haji Yousuf, a National Conference senior functionary was summoned by the Chief Minister to his house on the evening of 29th September, 2011 along with two other persons Muhammad Yousuf Bhat and Salam Reshi who had allegedly given Rs1.8 crore to Haji Yousuf to buy them seats in the Legislative Council. Police had said that Yousuf died of cardiac arrest 

“I have left NC after serving it for 39 years as it has become a family ‘fiefdom,’” he said adding that time has come that he breaks the silence and expose the ‘ill-designs’ of National Conference.

Bhat said he has decided to fight Dr Farooq Abdullah in the upcoming elections and is filing the nomination papers as an independent candidate.

Blaming Dr Farooq for being responsible for prevailing ‘gun culture’ in Jammu and Kashmir, Bhat said that he is witness to the fact how Farooq Abdullah indulged in coercion and rigging during 1987 Assembly elections when there was Muslim United Front (MUF) wave.

“I was an NC agent during 1987 assembly elections and am witness to the fact how on the instructions of Farooq Abdullah, elections were rigged. The NC candidate from Ganderbal (Farooq Abdullah) losing but he was surprisingly declared as the winner,” he said adding that it was only after the rigging on mass scale that dejected Kashmiri youth lost faith in democratic set up and started resistance movement.

He said that it was fraud committed by National Conference for sake of grabbing power that gun culture flourished in Valley. Bhat alleged that NC has always betrayed his party workers and ignored Ganderbal. “I had joined this party where family members decide the course of action through dictatorial means in 1975. I worked as a dedicated and hardworking party worker in Ganderbal but I have realized now that there is no place for hardworking and loyal workers in the party. This party is sidelining seniors and giving preference to the scions of some affluent politicians,” he said citing the examples of Nasir Aslam Wani and Davinder Singh Rana who according to him are the junior leaders of the party.

Pertinently few months back another old guard of NC from Ganderbal, Sheikh Saloora also quit the party and formed his own Awami Insaf Party. (CNS)

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