Congress terms return of Guru’s mortal remains ‘humanitarian issue’

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

The state Congress on Monday made a surprising revelation saying the party would not oppose if mortal remains of the parliament attack convict Afzal Guru are returned to valley from Tihar jail.

“The issue of return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru has emerged as humanitarian issue across the country and everyone is raising concern over it. Congress party has a stand that if GOI approves the plea, we will not oppose any such move,” newly appointed state Congress chief G.A. Mir told KNS.

Tightlipped over whether his party would support the resolution being moved by Independent legislator Engineer Rashid, he said, “The party could discuss its strategy in near future after going through the c0ntents of the resolution. So far, I have not read the resolution, we will take a collective decision only after the party meet. So far we can say that the return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru is humanitarian issue.”

Pitching for the screening of cases against the prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir languishing in different jails since years, Mir said that the government must initiate the scrutiny of the cases so that ones against whom no serious charges are registered could be freed.

The state Congress chief claimed that the new dispensation of the BJP-PDP bonhomie would fall in the coming days as the politics and internal rift has marred the new coalition government. “There are no services being provided to the common masses. It is only politics that has dominated the scenes. The expectations of the common man from the new government have been out rightly ignored,” Mir said.

Substantiating his claims, the state Congress chief stated that both the parties have ‘ditched’ their supporters and workers and have taken a virtual U- turn from their respective stands. “It won’t last long. My political experience says the government would be soon at the brink of a dreadful collapse.”

The former tourism minister termed the recent administrative reshuffle in the state ‘a politically motivated measure’, saying a pick and choose was adopted by both BJP and PDP to install their own men on key positions. “Blue eyed people have been installed at important positions. It is not to ensure transparency but to ensure nepotism and favoritism. It will strengthen corruption in the state instead of eradicating it,” he claimed.

The state Congress chief added that the party will corner the government in the coming assembly session on issues pertaining to people at large. “It will be less politics and more about the common issues,” said Mir.

He also hinted to have a joint strategy with the National Conference over various issues. “Yes we can have a common strategy on certain issues. So far there has been no communication between the two parties but there could be coordination between the two parties if the need arises.”

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