Rashid triggers row over plebiscite demand, threatens to expose Congress’ Azad

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‘I am neither anti-Indian nor Pakistani agent but stand for plebiscite promised by Nehru’

Jammu: In an emotional outburst, independent legislator from Langate, Rashid said that ‘not a single member dared to raise questions’ when the National Investigative Agency (NIA) summoned him to Delhi.

Rashid sought clarifications from the senior Congress leader and former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for remaining silent over NIA action against a legislator.

Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to Governor’s address, Rashid told the house that if Kashmir resolution is not the concern of PDP, NC and others then why they are talking about self rule and autonomy.

“If the mainstream really believes that Kashmir is a issue between Hurriyat and New Delhi and India and Pakistan then better for them to leave it for them to decide the future course and seek votes only for Governance,” Rashid said.

Threatening to expose ‘sensational revelations’ about the costing of his vote for Azad for Rajya Sabha elections which according to him would shake the very foundation of the Congress party from ‘Kanyakumari to Kashmir’, Er Rashid said that he “voted for Ghulam Nabi Azad on the basis of ideology but Azad didn’t dare to question my NIA action as if I was a Pakistani agent.”

Rashid said, “I am neither anti-Indian nor Pakistani agent and stand for plebiscite promised by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of India to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

He also handed over an application to Speaker of the Assembly, Kavinder Gupta for a probe into the assets that he and his relations own by state Accountability commission or any other independent probe agency.

Rashid ‘dared the ruling alliance and the opposition’ to demonstrate truthfulness if they really want to end the turmoil in Kashmir and said that they must not shy away, ‘even from meeting Hafiz Sayeed and Salahuddin’ for seeking their help in resolving the political destiny of both the divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir, including Pak administered Kashmir, and Gilgit and Baltistan.


(With inputs from KNS)

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