Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu on Thursday claimed that National Conference and Bhartiya Janta Party were in a secret alliance and some representatives want him to sign illegal documents and allow illegal constructions as well.
Addressing a news conference, Mattu, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said some representatives are forcing him to sign the illegal documents and also allow the illegal activities within the City. “Our differences according to them will end only if I sign the documents and permit the illegal constructions and other activities,” he said.
Mayor further said the government had stated that the family rule will be put to an end, however, NC leaders involved in bribery are being openly shielded.
“If NC has a secret alliance with BJP then why don’t they make an open announcement in this regard. If NC is the way for change in Kashmir then we will bid adieu to politics,” he said.
He alleged that incumbent Deputy Mayor and NC leader, Parvaiz Qadri was involved in bribery as he has taken over Rs 1 crore from the people so far.
“Enough proof has been given to the police in this regard, but, I don’t know for what reasons action is being delayed,” Mattu said.
Robber of 1987 should be ashamed to talk about rigging of elections: Sajad Lone
Describing National Conference president Dr. Farooq Abdullah as the robber of 1987, Peoples Conference president Sajad Gani Lone on Wednesday said that his statement on the interference of institutions in J&K’s electoral process is an insult to thousands of Kashmiris killed after rigging of 1987 polls.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a business function here, Lone, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that Farooq Abdullah has no right to talk about the rigging of elections in Jammu & Kashmir.
“Farooq Abdullah is a senior politician. He should leave the role of talking about the interference of institutions in the electoral process to us as we have been victims of rigging and he has been a benefactor,” Lone said when asked questions about Farooq Abdullah’s recent statement about interference in elections.
He said the robber of the 1987 elections should be ashamed to talk about rigging or interference in elections.
“We have been victims of rigging. My father was the victim. One lakh Kashmiris are in graves after the electoral rigging of 1987,” he said, adding that there has been interference in J&K elections.
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Lone demanded an inquiry into the leakage of the list of 56 government employees posted in Kashmir Valley.
“If it is a state secret, it should be looked into how the list was leaked,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah re-elected unopposed as NC president
Dr Farooq Abdullah was on Monday re-elected unopposed as president of the National Conference.
The party presidential polls were held today at party head office Nawa-e-Subh in Srinagar.
NC spokesperson, Imran Nabi Dar told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Dr Farooq was re-elected unopposed as party president.
Drugmulla DDC election: PC seeks votes for PDP’s symbol; PDP campaigns against its own symbol
The election in the Drugmulla district development council (DDC) seat, which will witness polling on Monday, is being dubbed as a semi-final between National Conference and Peoples Conference in the north Kashmir’s Kupwara district before the first assembly election of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory, which could be held in 2023 or 2024.
Considered arch-rivals, National Conference and Peoples Conference had allied together in the district development council (DDC) polls in 2020, but the latter had parted ways with the amalgam, accusing the former of fielding proxy candidates on the seats allotted to it as part of the pre-poll pact.
In this election, PC is supporting Shabnam Lone, who had filed nomination papers as PDP candidate in 2020. After the State Election commissioner announced the schedule for re-poll on November 16, 2022, PDP distanced itself from Shabnam and wrote to the J&K election commissioner to withdraw the “inkpot and pen” symbol allotted to her, news agency KNO reported.
PC also approached the authorities to change her symbol, but the authorities conveyed to them that it cannot be done, as the date for withdrawal of nominations had closed nearly two years ago. November 23, 2020 was the last date for withdrawal of candidature for the seat.
In the past two weeks, senior PC leaders Mir Muhammad Fayaz and Bashir Ahmad Dar were seeking votes for “inkpot and pen” which is the official symbol of PDP.
Both NC and PDP are supporting separate candidates in the election despite being constituents of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
In the polls, National Conference leaders Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan and Mir Saifullah campaigned for advocate Aminah, who had filed nomination papers as an independent candidate in 2020.
Interestingly, Peoples Democratic Party is backing Rifat Wani, who is also contesting as an independent candidate.
Apni Party, Congress BJP candidates are also contesting polls in the seat.
An official said that ten candidates are in the fray.
“We have set up 42 polling stations in the seat, “he said.
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