Mufti’s ‘Battle of Ideas’ Turns Out to be ‘Battle of Lathis’, says Tarigami



CPI (M) senior leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami while slamming the state dispensation over the use of forces on protesting casual labourers, Thursday said the government is no where visible on ground but ironically the police lathis are.

In a telephonic statement to KNS, Tarigami said at present the government has nothing to offer to the people of the state as flood sufferers have not been compensated neither there is any change in the power crises which continue to loom large over the state.

“When people are protesting on streets, they want government to address their woes. Casual labourers are without salaries since months. What crime did they commit by demanding their salaries? How could you bang them by canes?” asked Tarigami.

While reacting to the statement made by Education Minister Naeem Akhtar who had said that issue casual labourers is a burden of the previous government, CPI (M) leader termed it ‘bizarre’, saying government is a government and it must not shy away from taking responsibility in mitigating the sufferings of people.

He also slammed PDP over the double speak- claiming the party was itself protesting with him on the floor of house from the opposition benches.

“They (PDP) used to raise voice for the regularization of the daily wagers and casual labourers. Now this ruthless use of power was unacceptable. Mufti would pitch for battle of ideas. It is the battle of dandas going on in the state at present in which powerless are condemned for being needy and police unleashes terror on them.”

Tarigami said there is no government visible in the state but only the police lathis and the cries of destitute.


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