February 2005 News

Militants Helped CM In Civic Polls: Farooq

7 February 2005
The Indian Express

Jammu: National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah charged the Mufti government of taking the help of militants to ensure the defeat of the former's party in the ongoing civic elections. 'Our party leaders were targeted so that they (Mufti's party) could win the elections,' said the senior Abdullah, adding that despite all efforts of the Mufti government, people voted the National Conference to power in Srinagar. Addressing the party workers at a function organised to felicitate the victorious NC candidates in the Jammu Municipal Corporation elections, Farooq asked as to why Mufti Sayeed refused to call a spade a spade. He calls the militants 'enemies of peace' since he is aware that once he begins calling them militants, he will be in trouble, said Abdullah. Asking his party workers to start preparations for the next Assembly elections, the former chief minister said: 'I hope elections in the State will be held soon.' Going hammer and tongs at his rival, Abdullah said that though other State governments have downsized their ministries to 15 per cent, J&K still has 47 ministers. 'Perhaps the chief minister feels insecure,' he jibed. Later, talking to reporters, NC chief Omar Abdullah said that his party was more close to the Congress on the issue of autonomy. 'They understand us better than other parties. This is the reason that the Indira-Shiekh Accord was signed in 1975,' the junior Abdullah said. He, however, said that his party was yet to decide on extending its support to any other party. 'Yeh to pehle vo log decide karen jo Delhi ke ishare ka intjaar kar rahe hein. hamein fesla karne mein koi der nahin lagegee', he added. Earlier, addressing the party workers, Omar Abdullah asked them to remain in touch with the people and espouse their cause. 'We should prove ourselves different from others,' he said, while claiming that the National Conference was in deciding position in Jammu. 'People say that from four in 1980 we have won only two more seats. But they forget that this time we have contested in a different situation. The government made all effort to defeat us,' the NC chief said. He described the victory of the NC in the civic elections as a new beginning for the party.


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