Republic Day Function: NC Invited, PDP & PC Ignored

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Srinagar- Barring former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) President Dr Farooq Abdullah, most of the mainstream politicians have not been invited to participate in the R-Day function being held in Srinagar on Wednesday.

According to sources from People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), the invitation has been stopped to many leaders post abrogation of Article 370.

However, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Member Parliament Farooq Abdullah has been invited by the authorities to attend the event.

Omar confirmed to Kashmir Observer that both he and his father have been invited. He however said that due to Covid-19 they won’t be able to attend.

“We have received the invitations however, we can’t attend public functions because of close family members testing positive for Covid a few days ago,” Omar said.

Sources from People Democratic Party (PDP), however told Kashmir Observer that the Party president Mehbooba Mufti has not received any invitation.

Adnan Ashraf, spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Conference (PC) told Kashmir Observer that the Party president Sajad Gani Lone and General secretary Imran Ansari have also not been invited.

“Post abrogation of article 370. They were not invited either for the 15 August or 26 January function,” Ashraf said.

Apni Party sources also said the party leadership has not received any invitation for Republic day function.

Communist party of India (M) leader and PAGD spokesperson MY Tarigami also confirmed to Kashmir Observer that he wasn’t invited to the Republic Day function.

Talking to Kashmir Observer Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, however denied the allegations and said that they have distributed the cards to party functionaries.

“It is not true, as per practice, we give some cards in bulk to party functionaries and they in turn give to their leaders. I will look into if there is any issue at all,” Pole said.

LG's Advisor R R Bhatnagar will preside over the function here at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium.

The Mayors and the DDC chairpersons of the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar will be attending the main functions in the respective cities.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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