Omar Weak, Insecure: Kamaal22 November 2011
Srinagar: Calling Chief Minister Omar Abdullah a “weak and insecure” person, ousted National Conference (NC) leader Dr Mustafa Kamaal has said the kind of public response he got for his remarks on controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) made Omar “nervous” and he was compelled to remove him from the party. “Perhaps he (Omar) is not certain of himself, he is not sure, he is weak in a sense that he feels uneasy (with my growing popularity),” Kamaal told a news channel here. He said the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah removed him from his positions (Additional General Secretary and Spokesman of NC) as he was forced by “Omar and his coterie” to do so. The firebrand NC leader alleged that Omar has made compromises on party interests with the Congress to stay put to power. “But Omar should remember that power isn’t permanent and he has to come back to the party and people again,” he said. On November 10, Farooq had asked Kamaal, his younger brother to quit party posts for his controversial remarks on AFSPA. Kamaal had said that “disgruntled” elements within the Army were behind October 25 grenade attacks in the Valley and these were aimed at scuttling moves by the Omar Abdullah government for withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some parts of Jammu and Kashmir. “With the kind of public response (I got), he (Omar) thought perhaps tomorrow the public response may switch to other side (my side) and his public decisions might get eroded,” Kamaal said adding “which is absolutely false, which has no justification.” “Perhaps he (Omar) was nervous and was not sure about himself, which made him depend on my elder brother Farooq and was forced to take a decision (his removal from the post of General Secretary and Spokesman) like that which I welcomed,” he said. “They accused me of something which I have not done. I have good political experience of 20-25 years,” he said. Referring to his sidelining from the NC, Kamaal, who is also Omar’s uncle, said he was “shabbily” treated and the relations would not be same again. Kamaal said his ouster has demoralized NC workers. “I wasn’t working for myself but for the party as I’m already popular among masses. I never spoke against coalition dharma but spoke the truth,” he added. Kamaal acknowledged that he had a grudge that why he wasn’t made a minister. The senior NC leader revealed that a few years back government had taken a decision to induct him in the cabinet. “But at the last moment some people within the NC hatched a conspiracy to thwart the move,” he said. Asked what were the reasons for him lately making contact with his sister and ANC president, Begum Khalida Shah, Kamaal said; “Khalida is my elder sister and we have a strong relation. However, I’ve no political relation with ANC (Awami National Conference).” Attacking state Congress chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz, Kamaal said he (Soz) is one who “changes colours like a chameleon”. “Being NC MP he voted against Vajpayee government (in 1998 during no confidence motion). He (Soz) dreams of becoming Chief Minister and is raising all hue and cry solely for that purpose.” he said. The senior NC leader reiterated his statement regarding AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, which became reason for his ouster. “I repeat that Rahul has no role in running Jammu and Kashmir government. Running the state government is Chief Minister’s prerogative,” he added. Kamaal alleged that opposition PDP was trying to spread disorder in the state. “PDP is paying money to stone-pelters and trying to destabilize peace in the Kashmir,” he alleged. Kamaal was asked to step down as NC Additional General Secretary and Spokesman on following his tirade against New Delhi, Army, Congress and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. Kamaal had asked Rahul Gandhi “to run his party (Congress) and not to reflect on the governance of the state government”. Kamaal was earlier appointed as NC Additional General Secretary and Spokesman on October 6 amid raging controversy over the mysterious death of National Conference activist Haji Yousuf Shah. Pertinently, Kamaal had earlier also criticised Omar for his remarks on handing over the post of NC president to an outsider rather than the member of the Abdullah family. “To elect the party president is the responsibility of the members of the NC general body. They after taking people into confidence take the decision about whom to elect the party president,” Kamaal had said July last year.