Soz`s detractors meet in Delhi, demand his ouster

Last Updated: Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 20:54

New Delhi: Rumblings within Congress unit
of Jammu and Kashmir further worsened on Saturday after eight MLAs
and two Legislative Council members met here and demanded
ouster of state unit chief Saifuddin Soz.

The MLAs and MLCs met under the leadership of Chowdhury
Aslam and accused Soz of being hand-in-glove with PDP and was
making attempts at destabilising the alliance in J&K.

Senior leaders of the party said that it was decided to
request Congress President Sonia Gandhi to institute an
inquiry into alleged embezzlement of election funds and said a
Central team be sent to every district to probe allegations
against the state party leadership.

Besides Aslam, Abdul Gabi Vakil, Viqar Rasool, Mohamamd
Sharief Niaz and other leaders who attended the meeting
resolved that "Soz has failed to keep the party untied."

The leaders alleged that said that senior Congress
persons were forced to leave the party and surrendered
militants and scam tainted people have been inducted and given
positions in the party.

Senior party leaders like Mohamamd Maqbool Bhat of
Pulwama, Mohamamd Shafi Bandi of Shopian were forced to leave
party, they said.

The meeting comes in the wake of Soz`s statement where
he said that no MLA had been demanding his removal.
"Therefore, it was necessary to shatter his illusion," a
senior leader said.

Soz was not immediately available for comments.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 20:54

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