‘Unhappy’ Karra skips Coordination Committee meet, again

SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party’s senior leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hamid Karra’s “resentment and unhappiness” with his party came to fore on Tuesday when he chose to skip the PDP-BJP government’s coordination committee meet, of which he is a member, citing “personal engagements” as the reason. 

The PDP-BJP government’s Coordination Committee met today at its chairman and Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh’s official residence after more than five months. 

While all members from both BJP and PDP side attended the meeting, Karra once again preferred not to attend. Pertinently, Karra has not taken part in any meeting of the coordination committee till now.

“I was busy with some personal engagements so could not attend the meeting,” Karra said.

Besides Nirmal Singh and Karra, a 10-member coordination committee comprises of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, BJP state chief Jugal Kishore, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, Shamsher Singh, (all MPs), Choudhary Lal Singh, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Chewing Dorjee and Naeem Akhter (ministers in the PDP-BJP coalition government).

Sources, however, said that reason behind Karra skipping the meetings was not because of any personal engagements but his “resentment and unhappiness” with the party. 

In the past Karra had expressed his unhappiness over the functioning of PDP-BJP coalition government and the BJP’s “anti-Kashmir approach”.

Pertinently, in recent press statements Karra had said that the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between PDP and BJP has been just confined to paper and “right from the day-one, there has been no consonance between the functioning of the coalition government”. 

He had also said that his party’s coalition with BJP was against the mood and conscience of the people of Kashmir and had urged PDP patron and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to pull out from the coalition government as “BJP-led central government in New Delhi was adopting an anti-Kashmir stand”. 

“If the Government of India continues with same prejudiced approach towards Kashmir, PDP should rethink on its relation with the BJP as continuation in the coalition seems to be doing more damage to both Kashmiris and the party,” Karra had said in a statement.

He had also criticized the flood-relief package announced by the Government of India to J&K. 

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