October 2002 News

DPF to support non-NC, non-BJP Govt: Tarigami

23 October 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: The seven-member Democratic People’s Forum (DPF) today decided to support any non National Conference (NC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance to form a new Government in Jammu and Kashmir. ''We are ready to extend support to any party or alliance other than the NC and the BJP to form the Government in Jammu and Kashmir,'' Communist Party of India (M) state secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who also heads the DPF, told UNI. Asked if the group would support the Congress in case it stakes claim to Government formation without the DPF support, Mr Tarigami said the issue had not been discussed by it so far. ''We want to rule the state together... We will meet again and take a collective decision in the best interest of our people,'' he said. Mr Tarigami said he had met Governor Girish Chandra Saxena today and discussed with him the latest political situation in the State. ''We exchanged views on the latest political uncertainty in the State,'' he said. Governor’s rule had been imposed on October 17 midnight after Dr Farooq Abdullah refused to continue as caretaker Chief Minister of the State after the term of the 9th Assembly had ended. Mr Tarigami said his group had been trying to get the Congress and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to resolve their differences and form a stable Government. ''The Congress, the PDP, and others working towards Government formation must unite with a stronger sense of urgency,'' he added. ''I talked to both the parties about the issues that could figure in a common minimum programme and there were no major hitches in arriving at that. But it finally boiled down to the Chief Ministerial post,'' he added. Mr Tarigami said he had suggested that the Chief Minister could be from one group and the other group would get important ministries in the cabinet. ''The current political developments should be an eye-opener for all those working for an alternative. If the uncertainty continues, those against a change of Government will get a chance to discredit peoples’ mandate to non NC Government in the State,'' he added. The CPI (M) leader said people had voted for a change and it was the duty of all non-NC and non-BJP elected members to honour their verdict and form an alliance Government in the State as soon as possible. About forming the DPF, Mr Tarigami said the alliance had been set up because an agreement could be reached on certain important issues like broadening the political process improving the human rights situation in Kashmir, providing a responsible administration and talking to people still outside the democratic process. ''We have told the Governor that we will extend support to any party of coalition, other than the NC and BJP, to form the Government in the State,'' he added. However, he was hopeful that something would emerge from the meeting between the Congress and PDP in New Delhi on Friday. He said there were serious problems in the Jammu region with the ''sinister efforts'' of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to trifurcate the State on communal basis. ''I congratulate the people of the region who defeated their nefarious designs. We have to strengthen that sentiment. Polarisation on regional lines would only help divisive forces like the RSS and the VHP, Mr Tarigami added.


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