Virtually defending Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in the alleged ‘fund scam’, former Chief Minster and Union health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday said that he was ‘shocked’ by the revelations of former Army chief General VK Singh that army was ‘paying monsters’ in Jammu and Kashmir saying that even he never came to know about such practice during his two and a half years of stint as Chief Minster.
“I was also CM for two and a half years, but I never came to know. … If I did not come to know, how will the present Chief Minister or the earlier CM get to know this?” Azad said.
The statement of former Chief Minster has come at a time when Gen. V.K Singh alleged that even Chief Minister Omar Abdullah knew about the transactions and the statements made by Omar over a few days were ‘motivated’.
“These statements are not going to bring any stability, but I was myself shocked because I watched that interview yesterday. So, I was shocked to know this because I have myself been the Chief Minister, and I must say that I have no clue and had no clue at that point of time that such things are happening in the state,” he added.
According to media reports Azad showed his keenness to know the names of the ministers who were being reportedly ‘paid’ by army.
“I have no knowledge about it. I am as curious as you are to know about the names of the persons who were being paid and are being paid,” he said in reply to a question.
Meanwhile National Conference Additional General Secretary accused General Singh of covering his own faults, by making the allegations that the political parties were being funded by army.
V.K Singh had earlier stated that some ministers in the JK Cabinet were given money from time to time so separate the ‘youth’ from the violent atmosphere.