SRINAGAR: Activists of the Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) on Monday halted the cavalcade of deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh at Exhibition Crossing in Srinagar on the opening day of Darbar Move to the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
Party worker Tahir Mir told Kashmir Reader that the demonstrators had assembled around Singh’s convoy as it passed through the area where AIP protests were being held against the government’s anti-people policies. The AIP workers chanted slogans in favor of plebiscite and against government policies before the police interrupted them, he said.
AIP president Engineer Rasheed started marching with party workers towards the civil secretariat from Magarmal Bagh. A huge contingent of police already stationed there bundled him and his workers into a vehicle.
“The reason to hold protests today is to remind the state to hold the plebiscite which they promised years ago,” Rasheed said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee held a peaceful sit-in near party headquarters at Moulana Azad Road. The party president, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, led the protest.
Talking to reporters, Mir said the Mehbooba Mufti-led government had failed on all fronts.
“I want to ask the chief minister what she is running the government for. There is no dialogue (with Hurriyat Conference and Pakistan), there is no headway on AFSPA, no talks on return of power projects, schools and colleges are closed, development has been halted and tourism stopped,” Mir added.