JK Assembly Can Reject Any Law Passed By Parliament: Mufti

‘Na Bandook Se Na Goli Se, Baat Banegi Boli Se’

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir assembly is the power and has the majesty of discretion over the legislation passed by Indian Parliament, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Monday.

“I want to tell people that in India constitution, Jammu and Kashmir has a unique identity and we have a power assembly. If Indian parliament makes any legislation, our assembly has the power to accept or not to adopt it,” Mufti told a gathering, mostly supporters of PDP brought from various areas to Martyrs Graveyard at Naqshband Sahab complex amid curfew like restrictions in surrounding areas.

Asking the people to safeguard the State’s special status granted by the Indian Constitution, he hailed the people and leadership of the State during the freedom struggle of India by rising above religious considerations and “acceding to India”.

“It gives me immense pride to say that J&K was part of the collective struggle in the Subcontinent against the British and their cohorts,” he added.

Mufti also hailed meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart at Ufa on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Russia last week, saying talks not guns was the way forward. 

“Mufti Sayeed wants to tell you that since 1947, we have been living in uncertainty. I want to tell, Na Bandook Se Na Goli Se, Baat Banegi Boli Se (not by gun or bullet, results come through dialogue)…gun will yield nothing. At Ufa in Russain, Prime Ministers of India Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sherif met. The reality is that two countries cannot fight each other as former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said we can change friends not neighbours.”

Making a special mention of the empowerment of people at the grassroots level at that time, the Chief Minister said the struggle by peasants and the most downtrodden people bore fruit by agricultural reforms that culminated in enactment of Big Landed Estates Abolition and Agrarian Reforms Acts.

Reiterating his commitment to give the people fruits of good governance, Mufti promised to lay foundation of a new Srinagar city, which bore the brunt of 2014 floods.

“We will build a new modern city in Srinagar and give priority to Shahr-e-Khas, whose handicraft industry, along with the horticulture sector, sustained our economy during the most turbulent period of Kashmir’s history,” he stated. 

Reiterating his resolve to rehabilitate every flood victim, he said the state was vigorously pursuing with the Centre a Comprehensive Flood Protection and Management Programme to save the Valley from the persistent threat of floods. “The project envisages construction of an alternate flood channel worth Rs. 2200 crore. We will ensure that all measures are taken to secure valley from any future inundation,” he added.

Pointing toward some of the measures taken by his Government in a short span of four months, Sayeed said he has embarked on a mission to end unemployment and put J&K firmly on the path of development, in particular by making strenuous efforts in restoring infrastructure damaged in the floods. “We have strengthened the Services Selection Board (SSB) and will have a full-strength Public Service Commission (PSC) in place soon to fill huge vacancies, which the previous Government failed to do during their tenure,” he added.

In order to fast-track recruitment, the Government recently posted 14 additional Members in SSB so that the vacancies of teachers, paramedic and other non-gazetted staff are filled up in a time-bound and transparent manner.

Paying rich tributes to the Martyrs of 1931, the Chief Minister said the State will never forget the huge sacrifices of its bravehearts against suppression and autocracy. “It was a unique struggle that culminated in the sacrifice by our Martyrs, who scripted a new dawn in the history of the State which laid the edifice for democracy and human dignity of people,” he said.

After laying floral wreaths and offering Fateha, the Chief Minister said peace and tranquility are vital pre-requisites for achieving progress and prosperity. “The real homage one can pay to the Martyrs is by creating an equitable environment for everyone to grow and gel together in a democratic atmosphere,” he added. —With inputs from GNS

PDP Flays BJP For Staying Away

SRINAGAR: PDP has taken a strong exception to the BJP ministers skipping the official function to mark the Martyrs day on Monday. Dr.Mehboob Beg, party spokesman said that to attend the official function to pay respects to the martyrs was an obligation that the ministers ought to have fulfilled and any deviation from such a precedent was inappropriate. Dr.Beg stressed that it should be amply clear that the martyrs belonged to the state and not to any particular religion, region, caste or creed and their sacrifices must not be forgotten or belittled. 

Dr.Beg pointed-out that Mufti Mohammad. Sayeed paid his respects to the martyrs not as the PDP Patron but on behalf of the people of the state as their Chief Minister. 

Dr.Beg further underlined that it is in indebtedness and gratitude that we salute these martyrs and that the martyrs transcended way beyond party lines. 

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