Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) leaders will attend the Delimitation Commission’s associate members meeting in New Delhi next week, party MP Hasnain Masoodi said on Saturday.
He, however, said there was no shift in the party’s stand that the exercise “offends” the spirit of the Constitution.
“Seeing the overall scenario, the party has decided that its MPs will attend the meeting,” Masoodi, the MP from south Kashmir’s Anantnag, said.
He said since the commissions cannot travel to the length and breadth of the Union Territory, they cannot hear what people have to say. “So, we will take the people’s viewpoint to the commission,” he said, adding all three MPs from the party — NC president Farooq Abdullah, Akbar Lone and himself — will arrive in Delhi.
The NC MP said the party had written to the commission seeking its agenda, but there was no response.
“We want to know what their agenda is. We had asked them to submit the agenda of the meeting and the relevant supporting material. But they did not. So, we have to go there to see what their agenda is…,” he said.
Stressing that the party had not changed its stand on the matter, he said, “…This is not something new. The party (had earlier) met the commission on its Srinagar visit and submitted a memorandum saying it is not permissible in the Constitution. We stand by that. There is no shift in our stand that this exercise offends the spirit of the Constitution,” he said.
He said the “right thing” for the government would have been to restore August 4, 2019, position –- a day before the Centre revoked the erstwhile state’s special status — and then proceed with the delimitation.
The NC had boycotted the first associate meeting of the commission in February, saying the exercise was an outcome of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act-2019, which the party had challenged in the Supreme Court. It said participation in the commission proceedings was “tantamount” to accept the August 5, 2019, changes.
Meanwhile, Peoples Conference chief Sajad Lone hit the NC for “multiple speak”.
“Please at least have the courtesy to show even some pretence and explain how it was tantamount to endorsement then and not now. Digital world. Digital proof. Chit bhi meri patt be meri won’t work. The era of Multiple speeches in Srinagar and Delhi— in multiple places is over (sic),” Lone wrote on Twitter. The remarks of Lone, who was earlier in the separatist camp before switching over to the mainstream in 2009 and grew close to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2014 elections, came after his party put out tweets criticising the NC.
“These are the utterances of Dr Farooq Abdullah. What changed between then and now for the NC to now participate. Is it not tantamount to endorsing August 5 decisions now. There is a limit on a monopoly on morality,” the Peoples Conference tweeted, referring to Abdullah’s remarks that the party will attend the meeting.
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Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint wherein the complainant alleged that Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari of Halqa Mufalpora, Tehsil and District Kupwara is demanding bribes for providing revenue extracts.
The complainant alleged that the accused Patwari was adopting delaying tactics and was not preparing revenue extracts which the complainant required for registration of sale deed for the land purchased by him recently. Moreover, had the complainant also deposited the necessary fee of 420 in the form of GR in the Tehsil office Kupwara on 14-02-2022. The complainant also alleged that Patwari had already taken a bribe of Ten thousand from them and demanded more to provide revenue extracts.
Upon receiving the instant complaint, prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently, a case FIR No. 02/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla.
Subsequently, a trap team was constituted. The trap team caught Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari, red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of 5000/- from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in the presence of independent witnesses.
Further investigations of the case are going on.
JKBOSE Class 10, 12 Results Likely in Second Week of February
The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) is likely to announce the regular annual results of class 10th and 12th, of Kashmir Division, in the second week of February, an official informed on Monday.
Board of School Education Joint Secretary Prof. Aijaz Ahmad Hakak said that the processes involved are in progress.“Results are under process and have to undergo several stages before the declaration. the First stage has been completed and the second one is in process”, he said, adding most probably the results of both the classes will be declared in the second week of February if situation arisen due to COVID goes well,” Aijaz added.
Meanwhile, Director Academics BOSE, Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer, also maintained that results would be announced in the second week of February.
Pertinently, the examinations of Class 12th culminated in the 2nd week of December, while 10th exams concluded in the first week of December last year.
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