It was sort of embarrassment for both ruling coalition partner Congress and principal opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when the foundation stone laid Ghulam Nabi Azad and Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, the then Chief Minister and deputy Chief Minister respectively.
The issue surfaced on Sunday when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurated the multi specialty district hospital in Baramulla.
PDP alleged that this was done on the behest of Pradesh Congress Committee ‘s state chief Prof Said Ud Din Soz and said that Soz is sidelining MLA Baramulla to promote his son in the constituency.
PDP state secretary Javid Ahmed Beigh told CNS that on the directions of Soz inaugural plaque stone mentioning the names of Muzafar Hussain Beigh and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad were removed from District Hospital Baramulla.
He alleged that Soz is promoting his son on cost of state exchequer. “We don’t have any objection if he promotes his son but how come it is possible that the name of MLA Baramulla has been skipped from the inaugural plaque stone of district hospital Baramulla.”
According to reports, PDP workers assembled in front of DH Baramulla to register a protest for not mentioning the name of Beigh.
However, they dispersed peacefully after the assurances given to them by Deputy Commissioner and SSP Baramulla that matter would be taken up with the Authorities.
Meanwhile expressing serious concern over the removal of the foundation stone laid by Azad, Senior congress leader Abdul Gani Vakil said that the matter needs to be thoroughly investigated.
“It needs to be seen and investigated that one whose behest was the foundation stone of District Hospital Building at Baramulla laid by Former CM Ghuman nabi Azad on 25 March 2008 with the latter’s name inscribed on it, was removed”. Vakil said in the statement.