109 Deaths Feel Like 109 Pieces Pulled Out Of My Heart: CM30 September 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said he would not indulge in politicking over the death of youth killed during ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley but expressed hope that their sacrifices would benefit Jammu and Kashmir. 'I am not ready to do politics over 109 deaths and I am not ready to change the condolence resolution into a political resolution, but me and my God know that I am saddened more than anybody else here about the loss of precious lives,' Omar said while taking part in the condolence resolution moved by Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone to pay tributes to former legislators of the State and Parliament Members who had passed away since last session of the Assembly in April this year. For the first time, the Chief Minister chose not to be drawn into the debate as to who was responsible for the killings that have taken place in the Valley since June 11. 'I feel like somebody has put a hand into my chest and pulled out 109 pieces from my heart. Somebody fired the bullets but I feel like the gun was on my chest, on my shoulder,' he said. Although the Chief Minister remained silent on most of the allegations leveled against his Government by opposition PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, he responded to the demand of action against the security force personnel guilty of killings saying he will not allow sacrifices of the youth go waste. 'If the State is benefitted by these sacrifices, I will feel it is much better than death penalty to the culprits. If the State benefits, I feel these sacrifices have not gone waste,' he said. He said there was a tradition of the Chief Minister responding to the points raised and the allegations leveled by the opposition parties but he would change that tradition today. 'Media mai do char din pitonga koi baat nahi, teen mahinay se pit-ta aaraha hoon do char din aur sahi (I will be thrashed in the media for couple of days but it is okay as I have been thrashed for the last three months by them),' Omar said. He said many people have made it their characteristic and tradition to deliver political speeches and tie blackbands to exploit the grief and sorrow of common sufferers. 'But I am not of that sort,' he said adding that despite politicization of obituary session in the House by the PDP leader and an Independent MLA, he didn't feel it proper and humane to do politics on this occasion of conveying sorrow to the bereaved families. 'I am ready to speak at full length on the subject when the appropriate time is allotted in the Assembly', he said and ridiculed the tradition and mannerism of utilizing the grief and sorrow meetings as a political field to venture in. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, the Chief Minister prayed for the peace to the departed souls and expressed hope that such incidents will not happen in future and State would embark in a phase of peace and tranquility. Omar also expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in the cloud burst and flash floods in Leh. He said large number of human lives were consumed in this natural calamity. 'Experts told me that this catastrophe is the result of climatic change and its re-occurrence cannot be ruled out', he said calling for collective approach to restricting human interference with the nature. Paying tributes to the late Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the Chief Minister said that Mr. Shekhawat rose to this post from the lower level through his capacity, capability and political ability. The Chief Minister also paid rich tributes to late Sheikh Ghulam Mohammad Bhaderwahi and said he was equally popular in both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir which rare politicians enjoy. He also paid homage to late Kumari Shanta Bharti and highlighted her role in organizing and strengthening women cooperative movement in Jammu division. 'She worked with Madr-e-Meherban to up hold the cause of women and work for their betterment', he added. Omar, in his tributes to late Shahjahan Dar and late Bhagat Ghouri Shankar, said both these legislators represented the people of their respective constituencies in the State Assembly and other forums and worked hard for upliftment of general people.