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Privilege motions moved against VK Singh
SRINAGAR, Sep 30: National Conference (NC) members today moved privilege motions in both the houses of state legislature against former Army Chief Gen V K Singh for leveling allegations of army funding to Jammu and Kashmir politicians.

Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly accepted the demand for a thorough discussion on the controversy sought by leader of opposition and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti.

Though the members were supposed to confine themselves to the obituary references on the demise of Dharam Chander Prashant Ex-MP, Daya Krishan Kotwal Ex MLC and a former secretary Ghulam Nabi Shora who passed away recently, but the members of both the ruling and opposition parties raised other issues particular the civilian killings and recent militant attack at Samba.

Minister for law Mir Saifullah later informed the Legislative Assembly that the National Conference has moved a privilege motion against former Army General.

The Speaker legislative assembly Mubarak Gul also informed the house that he has received a privilege motion and will take a decision after going through it. "I have marked the motion to the Secretary Legislative Assembly. I have not gone through it yet. Once I go through it, I will come back to the House," he said.

Taking part in obituary reference, finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather also referred to the allegations made by former Army Chief terming the matter a serious issue which needs to be probed by the house. “I think that the privilege motion is the only way to bring him here and then proceed against him. This is why I have signed on the privilege motion moved by our party. I want the general should be brought here to face this House," he said.

Rather said that former Army chief has also put the dignity of the entire army at stake. “The allegations have reached every corner. Fingers have been raised in the entire political leadership. The matter needs to be probed at all levels so that the former Army chief explains his allegations,” he said.

The finance minister also said that the former Army Gen should reveal the names, of politicians, which they are providing the money. "Let him give the names of the politicians who have received money,” he said.

He also said that state government has already requested the Government of India and the Prime Minister for a thorough probe. “There should be a threadbare discussion on it in the House and if anyone has taken money, he should face the music," he said.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami of CPI (M) said the cycle of civilian killings and helplessness in the state has to end. "Democratic institutions are an expression of the will of the people but recent events have lowered the esteem of the house in the eyes of the people. This situation has to change or else, there will be irreparable damage to the state as well as the country," he said. "People laugh at us when we demand an inquiry into the killings," he added.

Tarigami suggested that government must bring a one line resolution expressing serious concern over Singh’s remarks and demand a thorough probe through a credible commission appointed by the government of India.

National Conference additional general secretary Dr Mustafa Kamal said that entire house should go for root cause of ongoing bloodshed and the civilian killings. “Unless we do not find a political solution of the Kashmir problem, the killings, whether of the security forces, civilians and the militants would continue,” he said.

He also said that no political party or the leader should stop those voices who are talking about the accession with India. “The Chief Minister is telling the truth about the accession and we have to communicate the people about the accession.

The panther’s party leader Harash Dev Singh interrupted the speech of Dr Kamal and said that no one should talk about the accession which is final. The speaker also intervened and told the Singh to maintain calm and allow Dr Kamal to speak. Kamal, however, objected saying that those who have the full knowledge of accession should talk about the issue. He said those who are opposing revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act most know that the AFSPA has failed to prevent the violent incidents and time has reached to revoke the law.

Congress senior leader Mohammad Sharief Niaz said that when the elections are coming closer the some parties are desperate to divide the societies on the bases of region for the vote bank politics.

He also said that Article 370 is a bridge between the state and the centre and there would be no compromise on the article. Not only 370, the accession with India is final and permanent and there would be no compromise on the accession,” he said.

“Kishtwar and Muzzafarnagar incidents are an eye opener for the state security agencies to remain vigilant to foil all such attempts,” he said.

BJP leader Jugal Kishore Sharma said that Article 370 should be removed from the Indian constitution. He said that the Article is a roadblock in the development of the state also said that those states are more progressive which have no Article 370 and it needs to be revoked.

The BJP leader also said that those who are taking revocation of AFSPA should learn lesson from the Hiranagar incident.

Harsh Dev Singh of National Panthers Party (NPP) said that it was alarming that militants were able to travel 35 kms without being noticed while carrying out the twin attacks in Jammu region last week.

He condemned the Kishtwar riots and the killings in Shopian and Gool areas. Singh also said that the state government was saying that it will start revocation of AFSPA from Samba district.

“The Samba militant attack is an eye-opener for the state government by talking of revocation of AFSPA,” he said.

In his brief speech, minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir said that Jammu and Kashmir is a mini India with people belonging to different religions and adopting different cultures. Mir also appealed all political parties to work jointly and rise above political interests for putting an end to killings of innocents in the state.

MLA Langate Engineer Rashid said he failed to understand how the government can proceed against Singh when it has not been able to take any action cabinet Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir, who is accused of taking money to topple the government.

"There was some allegation against (Congress MLA and then PWD Minister) G M Saroori and he were shown the door. But today you are not able to do anything. The government confiscated the property of a Hurriyat worker allegedly for his role in a money laundering case but is not able to do anything against its own cabinet minister who has taken Rs 1.19 Crores from army," he said.

He criticised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying that “he is weak and not able to take action against Mir or DC Kishtwar who was recently arrested by vigilance organization in a corruption case”.

News Updated at : Monday, September 30, 2013
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