Karra Says ‘Rat Race’ Has Begun To Claim 4G Restoration, J&K Statehood

Srinagar: As speculations about restoration of statehood and resumption of high-speed internet are making rounds in Jammu and Kashmir, senior Congress leader and former Member Parliament Tariq Hameed Karra on Monday lashed out at certain mainstream politicians for indulging into a "rat race for taking the credit for it."

The PDP founding member took to Twitter to hit out at some political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, who he said want to take credit for the two likely announcements about the restoration of statehood and 4G in the erstwhile state.

"A highly connected friend of mine told me that the sudden outbursts and parotting by some political leaders from J&K for restoration of Statehood is a precursor to the already taken decision by chosen few in GOI for which the timeline fixed is 15th of August 2020 for initiating the process for restoration of Statehood and 5th August for restoring 4G. It is actually a rat race for taking the credit," Karra tweeted.

Meanwhile, a local news agency KNT quoted Karra as saying that Home Minister Amit Shah will make an announcement on 5th August about the restoration of 4G in Jammu and Kashmir while Prime Minister Modi will make another announcement about the restoration of statehood on 15th of August.

“Some political leaders have also come to know about these decisions and now they want to take credit of these things and that is why they have started talking about statehood, elections and other things,” Karra said.

He said that the New Delhi’s decisions were calculated and were not taken under ‘persuasion or pressure’.

“These decisions have been taken by the Government of India independently and on their own. If any political party will take credit for these decisions, that means dirty politics still exists in Kashmir,” Karra said.

Pertinently, several mainstream political parties, including National Conference (NC) and Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party have started voicing their demand for restoration of the statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.

After a wait of nearly one year NC leader Omar Abdullah spoke his mind in a newspaper article hinting that he was ready to contest elections but only after J&K's full statehood was restored.

J&K Apni Party led by businessman-turned politician Altaf Bukhari has held a series of meetings with PM Modi and Amit Shah to press for the statehood demand. Recently, Congress leader and Member Parliament Ghulam Nabi Azad also met PM Modi and demanded statehood followed by elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

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