NC Backed MLA Meets BJP Chief, Triggers Debate in Kargil


Kargil: The meeting of MLA Zanaskar, Aga Syed Baqir Rizvi, with BJP Chief Amit Shah in Jammu has triggered a heated debate among public circles in Kargil. 

Interestingly Aga Baqir was accompanied by former MLC and NC leader Aga Syed Ahmed when he met Shah. 

Aga Baqir had  won the assembly election from Zanaskar constituency of Ladakh with the backing of Anjuman-e-Sahib Zaman (A pro-NC religious group of Sankoo, Kargil). 

Baqir supported PDP at the behest of an advisory committee formed  to decide about the future course of action after elections threw an indecisive result. 

The advisory group was led by NC leader Aga Syed Ahmed Rizvi and NC’s sitting councilors, Tsering Angdus and Punchok Tashi were its members. Tsering Angdus and Punchok Tashi , it bears mention are both supporters of Union Territory movement for Ladakh.

On the eve of by-elections to the state legislative council, the advisory committee threatened to withdraw  support to PDP if their demands were not fullfilled forthwith. Ten days later on 18th of April, Baqir shocked party rank and file when he voted for BJP instead of PDP who despite being alliance partners had fielded separate candidates.

On Monday PDP Govt sacked Baqir Rizvi as Vice-Chairman of J&K Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and withdrew the Minister of State status conferred on him. 

Sources said that the  game plan was brainchild of NC leaders who executed it through Aga Baqir in order to withdraw transfer order of former NC Minister Qammar Ali Akhone’s brother, Dr Jaffer Akhone as chief Medical officer Kargil.

The day Baqir Rizvi met Amit Shah, Dr Jaffer was transferred back to Kargil from Srinagar .

Meanwhile resentment is brewing in Anjuman against Aga Baqir and Syed Ahmed Rizvi’s over their meeting with the BJP top brass. Rizvi is being accused of bringing disrepute to the clergy by joining hands with a ‘rabidly communal party’.

NC high-command is keeping mum over its support to Baqir Rizvi who is now firmly in the BJP camp.



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