Tarigami slams PDP, Congress for deadlock
25 October 2002
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Mr Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, the CPI(M) leader from Jammu and Kashmir, has criticised the People’s Democratic Party and the Congress for squabbling over affairs which has thrown important issues concerning the state into the background. Mr Tarigami, who along with another party member was elected to the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly recently, held a press conference in New Delhi on Friday and urged that a government be formed soon in the state, lest the people get disillusioned. Mr Tarigami, who along with another CPI(M) member leads not just his party, but also the eight-member Progressive Democratic Front in the Assembly, refused to comment on who should be the chief minister and whether the Congress or the PDP should lead the government there. Instead, he said the mandate of the people was for a coalition Cabinet which can represent the whole state, adding that anyone belonging to the state can head it. Mr Tarigami voiced his reservations about the idea of a rotating chief minister, saying ''personally telling you, this rotating chief ministership is not a good thing but if the obstacles are removed through this only then it is fine with me.'' He dismissed the squabble by the PDP and the Congress over the chief ministership and said that the parties concerned should concentrate on the common minimum programme instead. He said this should not be a difficult task since all non-NC, non-BJP parties had gone to the polls promising to give a human face to law- enforcing agencies. He also added that Pota and such other laws needed to be kept in check. The need of the hour is good governance, a clean administration, full transparency and the unemployment issue among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, he said. Referring to the autonomy issue for the state, Mr Tarigami recalled that this was an old issue which was mentioned even in the accord between Sheikh Abdullah and Indira Gandhi. Mr Tarigami pointed out that the people of all three regions, Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh voted against separatist elements from both sides including the RSS-led morcha and have voted for living together.