J&K intellectuals blame Centre, state govt for crisis
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 22:47
Jammu: Members of the civil society and intellectuals in Jammu and Kashmir today blamed both the Centre and the state government for the present crisis in the Valley saying that the situation would have been different if the latter had acted on time.

"The present crisis is the offshoot of irresponsible approach of UPA government and immature and childish attitude of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The situation would have been different if the Centre had acted on time but still it is not too late," senior J&K High Court advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed said at a seminar here today.

Speakers at the day-long seminar on the present turmoil in Kashmir organized by Jammu Kashmir People's Forum accused the MLAs and Ministers of failing to discharge their constitutional duties.

They, however, suggested inter-regional dialogue among the civil societies of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, to restore peace and normalcy in the region.

The seminar was attended by the representatives of political, social and religious groups besides renowned scholars, intellectuals and lawyers.

Charging elected representatives of the people with failure in discharging their constitutional duties, Ahmed alleged not even a single MLA had visited his respective constituency since the crisis began in the Valley.

He said it was unfortunate that the "real" representatives of the people had never reached the State Assembly.

Former DGP M M Khajuria also criticized the Omar Abdullah government saying the coalition government doesn't have an agenda.

JKPF convenor Ramesh Sabbharwal said Omar Abdullah's "immaturity" had been responsible for the crisis in the Valley.

Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS), convenor, Brigadier (retd) Suchet Singh, former SAYSS convenor Leela Karan Sharma, VHP state president Ramakant Dubey, BJP state spokesperson, Ramesh Arora, social activists and intellectuals also participated in the seminar.


First Published: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 22:47

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