Mir Expects Pro-freedom Groups To Join His 3rd Front

15 March 2008

Srinagar: The expelled Peoples Democratic Party leader and MLA Tangmarg, Ghulam Hassan Mir Saturday said that he was busy in consultation with the leaders of different political parties including pro-freedom parties to form a third front in the state. “I’m talking to different like-minded leaders and hopefully strong third front would emerge soon. I’m also in touch with several moderate pro-freedom leaders and hopefully they would also join us,” Mir told Greater Kashmir on phone from New Delhi. Mir has already held talks with former chief minister and Awami National Conference president, G M Shah, CPI-M leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Peoples Democratic Front leader and Transport Minister Hakim Muhammad Yasin and several other leaders, and all of whom strongly support the formation of third front. Mir said that no single party was going to get majority in the state and he was confident that the third front would play a crucial and critical role in the formation of the next government. Asked about the time frame and manifesto of third front, he said, “I’m confident that much before the elections, third front would emerge. However, it is too early to say about the manifesto. What I can say this time is that our manifesto would be to mitigate the sufferings of the people of the state.” Justifying the formation of the front, he said, “A new combination is a must to accommodate smaller and pro-freedom groups, who aren’t keen to join PDP or National Conference.” Mir lambasted PDP for doing nothing to redress grievances of the people. “They only want to remain in power,” he said. He urged the centre to announce special employment package for J&K. “Government jobs are less and it is necessary to set up industries in the state, especially in Valley to generate employment.” Mir is expected to meet several union ministers in New Delhi.