By Ishfaq Reshi
SRINAGAR: Police on Monday foiled Congress party’s protest against the ruling PDP-BJP coalition.
The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), the state chapter of the Indian National Congress, was scheduled to cordon the civil secretariat on the day of reopening of the offices in this summer capital of the state.
Led by their president, G A Mir, the leaders and activists of JKPCC marched towards the party’s M A Road office at Srinagar. But the police stopped them from moving towards the secretariat.
Talking to reporters, Mir said the protest was to remind chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of her broken promises.
“She has brought BJP, RSS, and VHP to Kashmir and is imposing them on the voters to whom she had promised to keep them (rightwing parties) away from Kashmir,” Mir said. “We want to remind her that she sought votes from Kashmiris to keep BJP away from the state, but she is making the same BJP rule them.”
He said the state government failed to compensate the 2014 flood victims and deprived the people of rations by implementing the National Food Security Act in the state.
“More than one year has passed, but the flood victims are yet to be compensated by the government. We had demanded Rs 44000 crore as flood package from New Delhi, but the present government has only distributed Rs 25,000 crore among the flood victims,” he said, terming NFSA a “gift to people from the coalition government”.
About the proposal to set up a Sainik Colony in the state, Mir said: “The party will not allow encroachment upon the Article 370, which grants special status to the state.”
“The congress will not accept any proposal from the government that encroaches upon or dilutes the special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.