SRINAGAR: A day after Kashmir Economic Alliance(KEA) an umbrella body of various trade originations split, both factions now lay claim on the organisation.
Mohammad Yaseen Khan, who led Kashmir Economic Alliance before the break away, told Kashmir Reader that Tuesday’s press conference, where in some of the disgruntled members laid claim on the alliance called it a “drama enacted by certain anti alliance elements.”
“We could have issued a statement, but we didn’t do it. Because it was nothing but a drama created by those who were expelled from the alliance on Monday,” Khan said.
Khan claimed that the three members of this rival group—Mohammad Sidiq Ronga, Farooq Ahmad Dar and Ghulam Nabi Dar—were suspended from basic membership for disciplinary attitude.
“This is an illegal alliance. They don’t have confidence of all constituents,” he said.
While on the other, KEA led by Farooq Ahmad Dar (adhoc chaimran) told Kashmir Reader that the grand alliance of traders was formed to safeguard the business interests of the valley based traders and not for political purposes.
“We protested with Khan Sahib for announcing an alliance with Panchayat members. We have nothing to do with politics. The sole aim of the organsitaion was safeguard the business interests of the traders,” Dar said.
Dar also alleged that Khan was using the alliance for personal gains and using Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF) of which he is president and using it gainfully for securing the chairmanship.
“The alliance was used as personal property. After four years of its formation we don’t have constitution. We demanded clarification for announcing alliance with panchs and sarpanchs for which he failed. We won’t allow dictatorship,” he said.
KEA was formed in the 2010 Summer uprising which included 12 constituents which include Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Associations (KHARA, JK Contractors Central, J&K Goods Transport Association, Minibus Federation, Fruit Association, Tourist Taxi Federation, KMD Association, Western Bus Service, KTMF and JK Flour Mills Association.
However, nine out of ten constituents at a press conference announced their split from Khan’s led body.
Khan also claims that he has support of all the associations and federations for which he will soon present the real picture.
The breakaway faction has also announced that fresh elections will be held within next 40 days and constitution of the body will also be formed during this period.