Muzaffar Hussain

He is not new to the controversies but this time he said something which send shivers- down-the-spine of many of his collogues sitting in the Legislative assembly. Like any other time, former deputy chief minister and People’s Democratic Party member Muzaffar Hussain Baig, managed to create a fresh controversy when he said the ‘Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was acting like a daily wager.’ He told the Legislative Assembly that “all politicians including him who have been sitting in the House are daily wagers engaged by general public’.

While referring to the low income working class he said “daily wagers are engaged by government departments for a period of seven years, people elect us for a period of only six years”, he said. While one needs to give them a notice prior to their disengagement from service, it not required in case of politicians as they are disengaged by people during election without serving any notice, he pointed out.

Baig remained outspoken throughout this week in and out of the assembly. To emberass the government for its failure to manage the security grid, Beig submitted his conditional resignation from the state legislative assembly to the speaker.

“If the chief minister is helpless in his efforts to get AFSPA removed from Jammu and Kashmir, I hereby submit my resignation to the speaker. As and when Omar Abdullah resigns on the issue, my resignation, too, may be accepted,” Baig said.

He also said the government was also silent on why no action has been taken against the culprits who were responsible for the killings of 120 youth in 2010 civil unrest.

In a direct attack on Chief Minister, the two times MLA of Baramulla said

the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) cannot be revoked while writing on Twitter or giving interviews to TV channels.

Talking to reporters in Jammu where the assembly is in session, Beig said how Government of India could act over the revocation of AFSPA when the State’s coalition government had not made a formal request. This revelation was made by none other than a NC MP Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri who sought a written response from the home minister Sushil K Shinde about any proposal that the state government might have moved in black and white.

“There are certain rules to run a government. Omar should have talked to the Prime Minister, Army Chief, Defense Minister, and Home Minister inside close doors,” Beig said. “Such serious issues cannot be settled on Twitter and TV interviews.”

Interestingly, Rattanpuri is facing music for spearheading the campaign against the incumbent government led by Omar Abdullah. After a series of his actions, the government has withdrawn his lawyer son from an official assignment.

Sameer Yasir


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