Guv failed to change status of J&K Bank: Farooq

MAJID NABI. Dated: 12/6/2018 4:53:28 PM

SRINAGAR, Dec 5: Asserting that Governor Satya Pal Malik failed to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that the new government will ensure there would be no harm to banks financial autonomy.
Talking to reporters at SKICC here, NC leader asserted that designs to control over JK Bank were in pipeline since long; however, the Centre failed to translate its plans into reality.
“I think there was a design longtime ago even when I was CM, this bank was working well and I remember then Home Minister of India L.K Advani, I and Deputy Chairman of the planning commission were sitting in Advani’s office and they were talking that this bank is going down and it should be taken over,” claimed Farooq.
He said the new government will certainly look into the matter and ensure there would be no harm to the autonomy of the bank.
“Any governments that come after Governors rule comes to end in the state will ensure there will be no harm to the financial autonomy of the bank,” said NC leader.
Replying to a query that separatist turned politician and Peoples Conference Chairman, Sajjad Gani Lone alleged that his (Farooq’s) hands are drenched with blood of Kashmiris, Farooq sarcastically remarked, “can you see any blood on my hands I don’t know where he saw the blood.”
Regarding upcoming assembly elections, NC president said, “we hope it takes place soon. It’s now up to them to decide the date; it will be good if Parliamentary and Assembly elections are held at the same time.”
Taking potshots at firebrand BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath for linking politics with religion, Farooq said this is not India that people dreamt of.
“You see how the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh instead of looking after his state is going around and asking for votes in the name of Bhagwan Ram. This is not India we dreamt of, India is a secular nation,” said NC President talking to reporters at SKICC here.
He said Election Commission of India should take serious note of the issue and initiate action against those who link religion with politics.
Condemning the killing of a civilian and police officer during riots in Bulandshehr two days ago, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir termed the incident as “well planned” conspiracy.
“Bulandshehr incident is a grave tragedy that a police officer is targeted, the whole thing is planned. A policeman was targeted because he works for the good of the people. These incidents should be controlled and abolished completely from this nation,” Farooq added.



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