NC may move Afzal resolution, Cong non-committal

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: In the budget session of the Assembly beginning on Wednesday, the Opposition is all set to corner the PDP-BJP coalition. Its weapons will be the long-delayed flood rehabilitation programme, return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains and the government’s flip flop on hoisting of the state flag.
The Opposition will also pick holes in the Agenda of Alliance or the Common Minimum Programme that will guide the government for the next six years.
The return of Guru’s remains is, however, perceived to be the most contentious issue that will be debated during the session.
National Conference general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said Opposition’s priority will remain the issue of rehabilitation of the flood-hit. The party has, however, decided to support a resolution, to be passed by MLA Langate, Engineer Rashid, which seeks return of Guru’s remains. “Maybe one of our members will submit a resolution for the return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains,” Sagar said.
Congress, which had a seat sharing arrangement with the NC in Legislative Council elections, is non-committal on voting in favour of the resolution.
“Our party is indecisive on Afzal Guru resolution,” Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president GN Monga told Kashmir Reader. The party’s joint strategy with other opposition parties will be based on the nature of issues, he said.
Engineer Rashid said he would support any party, “including BJP”, which supports the just resolution of Kashmir issue. He said he would be submitting the resolution on the return of Guru’s in the House.
“I will oppose the BJP’s communal agenda in the session. Jammu and Kashmir is a dispute and I will seek Assembly should initiate discussion and pass a resolution. I will support saner voices. If BJP talks about our rights, I will support them as well. I will always side with truth,” he added.
Hakim Yasin, MLA Khansahab, said he would support the demand for return of Guru’s remains. At the same time, he accused the Congress and NC of politicizing the issue while doing nothing when they were in power.
“They (NC-Congress) were in power when Guru was hanged. He wasn’t even allowed to meet his family before hanging,” he said.