Political parties in Kashmir to support privilege motion against V K Singh

Srinagar, Sept 30 (ANI): Many political parties in Kashmir supported a privilege motion against former chief of army staff General V K Singh for alleging that the army had paid money to politicians in the state for getting certain stability-related jobs done.

Leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the privilege motion against V. K. Singh.

"It is good that they have brought the Privilege Motion against V. K. Singh. But it should not stop at V. K. Singh only. Many people in Delhi have questioned leakage of report," she said.

Congress leader Ghulam Ahmad Mir, echoing similar sentiments, said: "If the Speaker accepts it and law permits him, I think it is not wrong if the Congress Party supports that privilege motion."

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused to support the privilege motion, and said that those who have allegedly taken money should be identified first.

"We don't support the privilege motion. First we should find out who took money. Once it is established who took money and who gave money then only guilt could be established," BJP leader Jugal Kishore said.

Earlier in the day, a privilege motion was moved in the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly V K Singh for alleging that the army had paid money to politicians in the state for getting certain stability-related jobs done.

State Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mir Saifullah informed the House that the National Conference has moved a privilege motion against General Singh.

Speaker Mubarak Gul confirmed receiving the motion and said he will take a decision after going through it.

Earlier, state finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather said General Singh's allegations has put the 'esteem of the country, the legislature and its members at stake'.

He said that a privilege motion is the only way to bring General Singh before the House, and if necessary, to proceed against him.

Rather said there was a need for General Singh to furnish the names of the politicians who had received funds from the army.

CPI (M) MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami suggested that the government introduce are solution to condemn the allegations made by General Singh, but this proposal was shot down by National Panthers Party ember Harsh Dev Singh and independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid. (ANI)