Says allegations of horse trading in 1984 elections are baseless
Srinagar: Senior Vice President, Awami National Conference, Muzaffer Shah Wednesday hit out at National Conference President Farooq Abdullah over allegations of horse trading in 1984 elections.
“There was no discussion of horse trading in 1984 as Dr Farooq Abdullah in Iqbal Park said that the whole cabinet of Sheikh Abdullah was faulty. Despite that Dr Farooq brought them back to join the National Conference. If these people were faulty, where they not faulty at the time of rejoining,” Shah asked at a press conference here.
He said after their rejoining, Dr Farooq appointed them as ministers.
“Their rejoining in the National Conference was only because Ghulam Mohammad Shah didn’t oblige Rajiv Gandhi to take his two ministers in his cabinet. GM Shah told him that the coalition is a disaster for Jammu and Kashmir. PDP-BJP coalition also proved disaster wherein Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status,” Shah said. “A spokesperson of the National Conference is still a child who won’t be able to write the spelling of the party but is issuing statements.”
He however said at this juncture political parties should not forget to fight for the restoration of rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is a prior responsibility for PAGD led by Dr Farooq Abdullah. We have to fight for that. I hope that the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration under his leadership will fight for restoration of Article 370 and 35A," he said.
Shah however praised the speech of Farooq Abdullah in the parliament.
Farooq Abdullah in his recent Rajya Sabha speech claimed that money power was used to purchase his party members and he was de-thrown in 1984.
Dramatic dismissal as CM in Jammu and Kashmir in 1984 had eroded democratic set up.
GM Shah with the support of over a dozen National Conference members assumed charge of the erstwhile state back in 1984.
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