SRINAGAR: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has again summoned National Conference President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday a day after he was questioned by the same agency for a marathon six hours. The summon coincided with Dr Abdullah turning 84.
This on a day when my father turns 84! https://t.co/Q9h3VPccIn
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 21, 2020
While confirming the summoning of Dr Farooq Abdullah, National Conference in a statement expressed anger over today’s ED summons to party President. The party lambasted the government for its agenda of cornering any voices of dissent.
Terming this ED summons, the latest being today, calculated coercive measures, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that its aimed at curtailing Dr Farooq’s efforts to weave unity among mainstream political parties in J&K.
Calling the repeated ED summons, pressure tactics, he said, “What is it that ED forgot to ask during the six hours it interrogated an 83 yr old Member of Parliament?”
The government and its agencies, the spokesperson said, has no consideration for a law-abiding citizen who is severely immunocompromised and diabetic.
“Dr Abdullah being treated like this is a proof that the BJP is not even interested in a face saving act and is completely comfortable with being seen as a bully by the nation,” he said.
“How many times will BJP use CBI, ED, anti-corruption Bureau and its other agencies to browbeat opposition? The plot has become predictable. Anyone who speaks against the government or musters courage against its divisive politics will be hounded and summoned,” he added.
“The only way to get a clean chit these days is to surrender one’s ideology and join the BJP. We’ve seen this story play out from Assam to Karnataka, from West Bengal to Andhra Pradesh but Dr Abdullah is not going to surrender to the BJP, come what may,” NC spokesman in a statement said.