Police foil Congress’ bid to gherao secretariat in Srinagar

Police on Monday foiled a proposed gherao of the civil secretariat here by the Congress party.

Led by its state president G A Mir, scores of Congress party workers tried to march towards the Secretariat, however they were stopped by the police on Moulana Azad road.

Mir said that the protest was being staged against the “failure” of the government to govern after taking oath last month.

“Mehbooba Mufti is bringing the same RSS, VHP and BJP in Kashmir and imposing them on the same voters from whom she had sought votes to keep BJP and RSS away from Kashmir,” Mir told the reporters.

“We wanted to remind Mehbooba Mufti that she sought votes from Kashmiris to keep BJP away from the state, but she is welcoming the same BJP to rule them.”

The state Congress chief said that the government has failed to compensate the flood victims and deprived people of ration by implementing National Food Security Act in the state.

“More than one year has passed, flood victims are yet to be compensated by the government. We had demanded Rs 44,000 crore as flood package from the centre. The present government has only distributed only Rs 25000 crore to the flood victims,” Mir said.

“Food Security law was implemented by the coalition government and by this law snatched ration of the people. This is their biggest gift to the people of the state,” he said.

On the proposed setting up of Sainik Colony, Mir said the party will not allow encroachment on the Article 370 which accords special status to the state.

“Congress has made it clear that they won’t accept any such proposal from the government that encroaches or dilutes special status of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

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