NC, Cong, PDP, BJP and 3 Guv-rule spells couldn’t build a 2.5 km flyover

The governments of all four major political parties of the State – National Conference (NC) and Congress, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – and the three spells of Governor’s rule have together failed to build a 2.5 km Ram Bagh-Jehangir Chowk flyover. Despite the added emphasis of the subsequent State governments as well as New Delhi on development and good governance, even after five years of its inauguration, more than 60 percent of the work on the flyover is pending. The project started in…

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PDP, Congress disown slain political worker in Kashmir; Omar Abdullah tweets ‘let’s just call him a NC worker’

A former Congress and PDP leader Ghulam Nabi Patel died few minutes on way to the hospital in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district soon after suspected militants suddenly appeared in front of his Scorpio vehicle and fired multiple shots, two of them hitting his face on Wednesday. His son and two security personnel were also injured in the attack. But ironically enough Patel, 67, a resident of Dangerpora Shadimarg on Pulwama-Shopian border in south Kashmir, who worked for different mainstream political parties in the Valley and was ostracised for the same…

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PDP, BJP partners in crime, Kashmiris may have to pay with blood: Tassaduq Mufti

Although Mufti is not the party’s official spokesman, his views carry weight because besides being a minister in the PDP-BJP government, he is also son of the late PDP patron and former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. In perhaps the strongest indictment by the Peoples Democratic Party of its alliance with the BJP since it came to power in 2015, J&K Tourism Minister Tassaduq Mufti has said that the two parties have “ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation…

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PDP, BJP workers clashed in Rajouri; scores injured

Five people were injured today in a clash between the PDP and BJP workers during an agitation in Rajouri for a separate Nowshera district in J&K. The BJP and PDP are allies in the Mebooba Mufti government. “Five people were reportedly injured in an assault by some people in Nowshera belt (Rajouri district),” a senior police officer said. Sarpanches Bhadur Singh and Sukhdev Singh, Chhotu Ram Choudhary, Narinder Kumar, alias Mangu, and Om Parkash were injured, he said, adding that they were referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital…

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PDP, BJP engage in war of words over Rohingya settlement

The war of words over the settlement of Rohingya in Jammu has intensified between the BJP and the PDP as the saffron party today hit back at its coalition partner for ‘supporting’ the illegal settlement of foreigners in sensitive locations on the outskirts of Jammu city. While the face-off between the coalition partners has already started on the issue, the Panthers Party today shifted the blame on the Congress and the BJP for settling Rohingya in Jammu for politics. The campaign against the settlement of Rohingya gained momentum after the…

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PDP, NC MLA’s urge police to refrain from attacking militant families

The PDP and NC MLAs have urged on the Police to desist from attacking the families of the militants stating that this was risking the lives of the workers in the militancy infested areas of South Kashmir. A number of PDP workers that Kashmir Post spoke to said that they were apprehensive about the lives of their families MLA Tral, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, said the security forces should “stop harassing the families of militants. “It has only landed poor workers in trouble. When you ransack their houses, they (militants) will…

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PDP, BJP have divergent views on Rohingya deportation in J&K

The PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir have divergent views on deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in the State with PDP favouring their stay saying nothing adverse has been found against them while the saffron party advocates their deportation. “We favour Rohingya Muslims stay in the State as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has already made it clear that there is no adverse report from any intelligence agency against the Rohingya Muslim refugees living in J&K,” PDP chief spokesman Mehboob Beg told Kashmir Post. As per J&K government, atleast…

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PDP, NC put up united front before Rajnath Singh over Article 35A

BJP sticks to abrogation demand Omar flags concern over GoI’s ambiguity in defending JK’s Special Status in SC Need to maintain status quo on special position of State as per AoA: PDP The ruling PDP and opposition National Conference Sunday put a united front before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought protection and safeguarding of Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents to Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmir-based legislators and parties also sought protection of special status of the state but PDP’s ruling alliance partner BJP pitched for…

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PDP, NC fume over BJP minister’s ‘Bullet’ remark

Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Prakash Ganga’s remark against anti-nationals and traitors has triggered a political storm among Kashmir-centric parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference (NC). In a video that has gone viral, Ganga has termed stone-throwers as “traitors”, saying that they were fomenting violence in the Valley on Pakistan’s direction. The minister demanded that such elements be treated with bullets. “All traitors whether they have come from Pakistan or from here (the state) should be treated with bullets. And, if not bullets, they should be…

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PDP, BJP not on same page over petition challenging Article 370

Saffron party reluctant to contest the public interest litigation filed in Delhi High Court Even as the state Law Department has announced that it will fight the petition filed in the Delhi High Court challenging Article 370, the BJP, which is part of the coalition regime, has expressed ignorance about any such decision taken by the government. “I am not aware of any such decision by the government to fight the petition in the Delhi High Court,” said Minister of State for Law Ajay Nanda, who belongs to the BJP.…

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