Omar didn’t consult Congress on AFSPA: Soz

The rift in the NC-Congress alliance over the AFSPA issue deepened with Saifuddin Soz accusing CM Omar Abdullah of not consulting his party.

Updated: Oct 28, 2011, 17:18 PM IST

Jammu: The rift in the NC-Congress alliance over the AFSPA issue deepened on Friday with Saifuddin Soz accusing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of not consulting his party for evolving a consensus before unilaterally announcing that the Act would be revoked from some areas in J&K.
"What reaction will he (Omar) give? He should have raised
the issue (scrapping of ASFPA) in a state cabinet meeting.
This was not on the agenda of Coordination Committee. So there
was no meeting," Soz told reporters in an informal chat on the
sidelines of `Diwali Milan` here last night.

Soz was posed with queries on calling of Coordination
Committee meeting to discuss the issue, Omar`s reply to his
points and consultations over the revocation decision of Armed
Forces Special Powers Act.

"Omar should have talked to me (as CC chairman) over the
issue. He is not given to consultation," Soz alleged.

"There should have been consensus over the sensitive
issue," the J-K Congress chief said, adding that coalition
partner, state cabinet, Coordination Committee, Union Home
Ministry, Defence ministry and army should have been taken on
board over the issue.

Taking a dig at the `return and rehabilitation policy`
announced by the state government, Soz said, "Eight months ago
they said they will rehabilitate them (Kashmiri youth in PoK).
Have they rehabilitated anyone?"
"I told them that their (Kashmiri youth in PoK)
rehabilitation cannot happen. But they said it will be so. I
was in disagreement with them for various reasons," he said.

One of the reason was that we have not solved the
(internal) problems of refugees of so many categories (within
J&K), he said.

"I have told them they are not serious over the issue.
There are so many implications on this package," he said.

The Congress leader also raised the issue of panchayat
polls, saying gains of the best panchayat election have been
wasted away due to the state government`s failure to empower
panchayati system.