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Absurd,far from truth,says Omar’s party

The party said if name of any of its ministers came up,it will “not hesitate” to act against him.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: September 25, 2013 12:42:20 am

Former and current National Conference (NC) ministers have termed the statement by former Army chief Gen V K Singh that state ministers have been paid by the Army as “absurd and far from truth”. Challenging Gen Singh to reveal the names of the ministers who have received money from the Army,they have threatened to take legal action against him.

“We have never ever compromised the integrity of the offices we have held and have never received any money from the Army as alleged by the General,” read the statement signed by 15 former and current NC ministers.

The party said if name of any of its ministers came up,it will “not hesitate” to act against him. “National Conference will not hesitate in taking any action against any person if he is involved,” NC’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani told The Indian Express. “But we are confident that none of our colleagues have such a track record.”

The opposition PDP has termed Gen Singh’s revelations as a “political earthquake” and has questioned the “silence” of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. “J&K had acceded to India for its sheer vision of democracy and secularism. But we haven’t seen any of them,” said PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar. “This is an earthquake but the Chief Minister is unmoved. He has even stopped tweeting.”

Accusing the Centre of turning J&K into a “security enterprise”,Akhtar said they believe that in the 2008 polls,there was “statistical rigging by the security establishment”.

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