NC In Dilemma, PDP Lone Backer17 September 2011
Srinagar: With Assembly all set to discuss the resolution seeking clemency for Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, all eyes are on the ruling National Conference for its stand on the issue. As the resolution needs a simple majority to get through, its passage will depend on the support of ruling National Conference as Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party and Panthers Party are likely to oppose it. PDP has announced its support to the resolution and is the only such party to do it till date. Support of NC and PDP will see the resolution through. National Conference has kept its cards close owing to the sensitivity of the issue with no leader of the party speaking in its favour or against it. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has distanced himself from the resolution, saying that NC legislature party would decide over it. Political observers say that NC is facing awkward situation as “if it backs the resolution, it would put their alliance with Congress in trouble and if it goes against it or remains silent, then it would cost them politically.” “It would be interesting to watch National Conference’s course of action on the resolution and even if they will remain silent and neither oppose nor support it, it will also be seen their tacit opposition to the move. And any move to halt the resolution would also be seen their baby along with alliance partner Congress,” they opine. Senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament from South Kashmir Dr. Mehboob Beg, however, says NC legislature party would decide over the resolution. “The entire debate on Afzal was started by the tweet of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and even resolution for his clemency was submitted after it,” he said. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party says that they would support any move for granting clemency to Guru. “The legislature party will meet on September 23 to discuss all the issues including the resolution on Afzal Guru,” PDP spokesman Naeem Akthar told Greater Kashmir. He said PDP has already issued an appeal to the President of India for clemency of Guru.” We are also in principle against the death sentence,” he said. State Congress president Saifuddin Soz said, “Our legislators are there and they would express their views on it.” MLA Langate, Er Rasheed told KNS that he has cleared the first hurdle. “Now it is test of political parties of the state. Mufti Sayeed sahib has shown a positive approach while I’m planning to meet M Y Tarigami, Hakim Muhammad Yasin and several other leaders in coming days,” he said.