Nine DDC members, including 8 from NC, One from PAGD call on Sagar, cry bungling, mismanagement in DDC Budgam Chairman Elections; Demand reelection for DDC Chairman Post
(Asian News Hub) – Nine DDC Members headed by Party’s District President Budgam called on Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar here at Party Head quarters Nawa e Subha. The delegation of 8 DDC members from NC and one DDC member of PAGD apprised the party general secretary about the clumsy and unfair mode of election and lottery system employed for the election of DDC chairman.
The visiting delegation acquainted how the local administration favored a particular DDC member to benefit him in the election by ditching all established norms and rules. The visiting delegation that called on Sagar included party’s District President Abdul Ahad Dar (DDC-BUDGAM), Nazir Ahmed Jahra (NC-DDC-Surusyar), Bashir Ahmed Bhat ( NC-DDC-Khansaib), Riyaz Ahmed Rather (NC-DDC-Narbal), Sayika Akhtar (NC-DDC-Parneva), Afroza Akhtar (NC-DDC-Nagam), Insha (NC-DDC-Chadoora), Bahir Ahmed Dar (NC- DDC- Pakhar Pura) and Saima Jan (PAGD-DDC-BK-Pura) rued the prejudiced manner in which the entire election process was conducted.
Interacting with the visiting delegation, Party General Secretary said that such measures undermine the democratic moorings of the country and violate the mandate of people.
“Through DDC elections, the people of J&K had conveyed a message. The BJP and its ilk are unfortunately making an error in reading it. In a curious turn of events it is nose diving to the lowest ebb of political impropriety in a gambit to grab power in DDCs using intimidation, coercion and state apparatus to achieve that end.
The rampant instances of defection , and crossovers using coercion, intimidation and bullying post DDC elections in Shopian, Srinagar, Budgam and elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir is a telling indictment of the BJP’s brand of politics,” he said.
Later the DDC members held a protest demonstration before Media and said that the approach employed by District Budgam officials has raised question mark on the entire process and quivered by its failure to make a mark in the DDC polls, the BJP and its ilk is employing all dishonest means to benefit its Team-B to grab DDCs.
BJP seems to have shun all its inhibitions in winning crossovers through hook or crook. “The procedure of the lottery was carried out in an unfair manner. The DC wrote the names of the two contenders on a piece of paper in an arbitrary manner, and asked the clerk sitting next to him to choose between the two slips. The clerk had already seen the concerned DC scribble the names of two contenders on the paper.
No sooner than NC DDC members stepped at the venue, the authorities started intimidating the DDC members to ensure benefit to a particular candidate. Having failed to make any mark in the elections, the BJP, and its ilk is now resorting to all illicit means to grab the power by coercing and intimidating DDC members in one way or another.
We had participated in the elections to ensure that the sacred space of democracy is used to benefit the people, but contrary to their claims on strengthening grassroots democracy; the government is derailing democracy and setting wrong precedence by stooping to such stumpy levels of political impropriety and fraudulence. Thus we demand re-election for the post of chairperson,” he said.
As Mirwaiz addresses Friday sermons after 4 years, former CMs among J&K leaders welcome move
The former chief ministers of erstwhile J&K state and other leaders from different political parties on Friday welcomed the administration’s move to allow Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to deliver Friday sermons after the gap of four years.
The political leaders expressed their views on X (formerly Twitter).
National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah hoped that the administration would allow Mirwaiz to move freely, interact with people and resume his social and religious responsibilities.
“I welcome the step taken by the administration in J&K to release Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from house arrest. I hope that they allow him to move freely, interact with people & resume his social/religious responsibilities. Today eyes in Kashmir will be on Mirwaiz as he delivers his first Friday sermon in Jamia Masjid after 2019,” Omar wrote on X.
Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President, Mehbooba Mufti said that Mirwaiz will walk free after years of LG administration’s denial about his detention.
“Finally Mirwaiz Umer Farooq will walk free after years of LGs admin’s denial about his detention. As a religious head he is held in high regard by muslims across J&K. Unfortunate that a tussle has already begun between BJPs various political outfits to claim credit for his release,” Mehbooba Mufti wrote on X.
Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone welcomed Mirwaiz’s release and stated that he symbolises a tradition, which is primarily religious in nature but also has strong societal connotations.
“Welcome the release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq sahib. It is a joyous day for all of us to hopefully see him leading the prayers. He symbolises a tradition which is primarily religious in nature but also strong societal connotations. This tradition has been routinely interrupted in the last three decades, by all governments. Hope this tradition proposers uninterrupted,” Sajad Lone wrote on X.
Former minister and Apni Party President, Syed Altaf Bukhari thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for Mirwaiz’s release.
“Deeply gratified & delighted by the long-awaited release of Mirwaiz Sahib. This momentous event has indeed ushered in a collective sigh of relief among the masses, particularly his devoted followers. Thanks to @AmitShah @manojsinha_” Altaf Bukhari wrote on X.
CPI (M) and former legislator, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said releasing Mirwaiz from illegal confinement is a welcome move, saying that difference of opinion is an important ingredient of democracy, but it should not be used as an excuse to curtail the fundamental rights of people.
“Releasing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from illegal confinement is a welcome step. Mirwaiz is a well-respected & influential religious leader. Difference of opinion is an important ingredient of democracy. It should not be used as an excuse to curtail the fundamental rights of people. Hope the government respects different shades of opinions, including the media,” Tarigami wrote on X.
Waqf Board Chairperson and BJP leader, Dr Darakshan Andrabi termed the release of Mirwaiz as an appreciable decision by the administration.
Religious scholars belong to all & no group or political party has a copyright for any religious personality, she said.
“Congratulations to respected Brother #MirwaizUmarFarooq Sahib. It is soothing to see you after a highly appreciable decision by the Administration. Religious scholars belong to all & no group or political party has a copyright for any religious personality. I hope, this time politico-theatrical statements will not shadow the happiness of the release of Mirwaiz. Wishing him great for future,” Dr Darakshan Andrabi wrote on X. KNO
Altaf Bukhari welcomes release of Dawoodi, Mushtaq Veeri
Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, on Friday, welcomed the release of two prominent religious leaders in the valley, Moulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi, the head of Tehreek-e-Sout-ul Auliya, and Moulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, who is affiliated with Jamiat-Ahle-Hadees (JaH). Pertinently, the J&K High Court today quashed the detention orders of both the Muslim clerics, who were booked under the Public Safety Act in September last year and lodged at Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu.
In his statement issued to Asian News Hub (ANH), Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed his satisfaction with the release of Moulana Dawoodi and Moulana Veeri, and said, “It brings me immense pleasure that the honorable High Court has ordered the release of these prominent religious leaders, who hold a significant following across the Valley. Their release is highly commendable.”
Reiterating his demand for the release of other religious leaders such as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Moulana Manzoor, Apni Party president said, “I request the LG Administration to consider the release of Mirwaiz Sahib and Moulana Manzoor as well.”
“These religious leaders wield remarkable influence over the people and can play a pivotal role in helping to eradicate social evils, especially the fast-spreading issue of drug abuse in the Valley” . He added.
‘Ghar Wapsi’: Fayaz Mir disassociates himself from PC, likely to join PDP
Former Member of Parliament, Fayaz Mir has disassociated himself from People’s Conference and said no active politics due to personal reasons.
Mir on X wrote,”To all my people,I would like to inform that due to some family commitments I have decided to keep myself away from active political engagements. Thankful to all my people for their support.”
Mir had joined the People’s Conference in August 2021 after leaving PDP. If sources are to be believed, Mir is likely to join PDP back.
In the last assembly election, Fayaz Ahmad Mir secured 24603 votes from Kupwara Assembly segment but lost to PC’s Bashir Ahmad Dar by a wafer-thin margin of 151 votes.
Mir, was a former MP of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from north Kashmir. KDC
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