Big blow to NC in Ladakh

Kargil unit of National Conference submits mass resignation citing “pressure” from high command…reports Asian Lite News

The Kargil unit of the National Conference has submitted a mass resignation letter alleging that the party’s high command is pressurising them to support the Congress candidate for Ladakh.

It said in the interest of Ladakh, the Ladakh Democratic Alliance has decided to project a joint candidate, Mohammad Haneefa Jan as an independent candidate. “In the interest of the Ladakh region as a whole and in order to secure the future of our region, the Ladakh Democratic Alliance has unitedly decided to project a Joint Candidate namely Mohammad Haneefa Jan as an Independent Candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha Election from 1- Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency supported by all the Political and Religious Institutions unanimously coming across the party/religious affiliations,” the letter stated.

“The party high command is pressurising us (both telephonically as well on social media) to support the official candidate of INC from Ladakh which is unacceptable to us including J&K NC and INC Unit Kargil,” it added. The Kargil unit said that as it is being “insisted” to act against the interest of Ladakh people, they are “compelled to resign in masses.” “In this connection, as the party insists us to act against the interest of the people of Ladakh, so we are compelled to resign in masses from all party functionaries including the undersigned from the party post. This letter may be considered as a mass resignation of all party functionaries from the primary membership of J&K National Conference,” the letter further stated.

Following this, Qamar Ali Akhoon, the Additional General Secretary of NC Kargil Unit reiterated the stand, “We were pressurised by the high command to support the official candidate of INC from Ladakh which is unacceptable to us including J&K NC and INC Unit Kargil,” he said. Ladakh will go to polls on May 20. The votes will be counted on June 4. In the 2019 elections, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP emerged victorious in Ladakh. This time, the BJP has announced the candidature of Tashi Gyalson from Ladakh Constituency replacing its current MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal from this seat. (ANI)

Tej Pratap Yadav stirs row on Poonch attack

RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav on Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called him the reason behind the martyrdom of the soldier in the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force vehicle in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch on May 4.

Speaking with the reporters, Tej Pratap Yadav also launched an attack on the opposition and said, “…They have just made people fight each other, caused Hindu-Muslim differences.”

He added further, “Shaheed kinke wajah se huye? Modi ji ki wajah se huye. Pehle kahan koi shaheed hota tha? (Who caused the martyrdom? It is because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Were there any martyrs before?”

A day before, former Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi also attacked the BJP and alleged that the Poonch terror attack was “pre-planned” and said such “stuntbaazi” was done to make the BJP win the elections.

“This is stuntbaazi. And not the (terror) attacks. When elections come, such stunts are done to make the BJP win. These are pre-planned attacks, there is no truth in them…,” alleged the Congress leader.

“To kill people and to play with their bodies….BJP knows it…,” he further alleged.

The BJP tore into the former Punjab Chief Minister’s statement saying the Congress was always disrespectful to the soldiers.

“Congress is saying that he was martyred because of elections. This mentality is not just appalling but disrespectful to those who serve our nation. Pakistan and Rahul Gandhi continue to support each other while Congress is belittling the sacrifice of our Jawans,” BJP leader Manjinder Sirsa had said.

On the evening of May 4, an Indian Air Force (IAF) soldier was killed and four others were injured in the terror attack in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian Air Force on Sunday mourned Corporal Vikky Pahade, who succumbed to injuries sustained in the attack on May 4.

“The CAS Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and all personnel of (the) Indian Air Force salute the braveheart Corporal Vikky Pahade, who made the supreme sacrifice in (the) Poonch Sector, in the service of the nation. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. We stand firmly by your side in this hour of grief,” read a post on the official X handle of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The attack came ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the Anantnag-Rajouri seat for the 2024 general elections. The elections in Jammu and Kashmir are being held in five phases from April 19 to May 20.

Notably, the opposition in 2019 alleged that the BJP had “used” the 2019 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 personnel of CRPF were killed by terrorists. They further alleged that the consequent air strike at Balakot in the neighbouring country was done by the BJP to win the Lok Sabha polls that year. (ANI)

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