Cong, NC Bury The Hatchet27 June 2011
Srinagar: Following the directions from New Delhi, coalition partners- National Conference and Congress- have decided to shun mutual bitterness to ensure smooth functioning of the coalition. According to sources, the “ceasefire” decision has been conveyed by the heads of both parties to their ministers, legislators and workers. NC sources said party president, Farooq Abdullah has conveyed to his brother and party leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamal to refrain from issuing “controversial statements” that could trigger rift in the alliance. Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Saifudin Soz has followed the suit. Barely six months after the formation of NC-Congress coalition in 2009, Kamal issued a first statement against Congress. “Congress has always backstabbed us. This alliance is a compulsion. Congress is in alliance because of NC. There is nothing called 1975 accord,” reads the statement of the NC leader that did not go well with Congress. Senior Congress leader and vice-president, G N Monga issued a counter statement. “Kamal should refrain from issuing such statements. They (NC) are in power because of us and 1975 Accord is the reality.” The process of issuing statements and counter statements continued. The latest statement by senior Congress leader Makhan Lal Foetedar wherein he said had Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s PDP been given extension in 2005, Kashmir issue would not have been there. The statement triggered fresh wave of controversy in the ruling dispensation. Kamal was again in news for issuing a counter statement that Foetedar was asteen ka saanp(snake in the sleeve). Foetedar issued another counter statement saying, “what is NC doing in snakes?” Sensing trouble, Congress High Command, which favours continuation of the present coalition, passed orders to the heads of both NC and Congress to “refrain from issuing statements that create fuss and rein in the leaders creating problems in the coalition”. “I feel that my statements have been carried out of context. I have no grudge against Congress. I want the coalition should run smoothly,” Kamal told Rising Kashmir. But as far his statement of calling Foetedar as “a snake” is concerned; Kamal said he stands by what he said against the Congress leader. “I have no grudge against Congress as a party, but leaders who support Mufti and speak against NC have to face the reality. I will not remain silent if somebody speaks nonsense against my father, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah,” Kamal said. Foetedar had earlier said that Sheikh had resolved Kashmir forever in 1975 while Kamal believes Sheikh hasn’t signed 1975 Accord. Meanwhile, Monga said no controversial statement would be issued by the party anymore. “We want smooth functioning of the coalition. There is no war of words now. If NC issues some controversial statements, PCC chief will first take note of it and then the matter will be brought into the notice of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,” he said. During his recent media interaction at SKICC, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah admitted that there was “some war of words” between some Congress leaders and an NC leader (Kamal). “The NC leader has been issuing statements in his personal capacity,” Omar had said.