Srinagar, October 4:  The  main opposition   National Conference has urged  Governor N N Vohra  to  use his good offices in convincing the Mehbooba Mufti led PDP – BJP government  to handle the present volatile situation in the  Kashmir with care and high sensitivity.

A delegation  of the National Conference  led by  its senior leader and former minister Saikna Ittoo  apprised the Governor about its reading of the situation that has engulfed a majority of parts  in the Valley following the July 8 encounter in which a militant commander Burhan Wani was killed .  Sakina  is from  Kulgam dstrict of south Kashmir, where the violent protests erupted at a large scale.

Till date more than 80 protestors have been killed during extremely violent clashes with the pellet showering  guns  over the last three months. The unrest has kept the  life parlaysed  with a contesting match between shutdowns and curfews  and the protests have made the people to give up on the normal day to day life.

NC that has ruled the state for most of the years since it became independent  at the end of the monarchic rule in 1947. The party now sits in opposition with its lowest ever tally of 15 that it  clocked in 2014 Assembly elections .

The delegation, comprising mostly of the leaders and legislators from South Kashmir , wanted the state government to show its “ conspicuous presence”   to give a  feel to the  people that there is some semblance of the government. “ The government is to be seen nowhere,” one after another members of the delegation told  Vohra , according to party .

However, a spokesman of the Raj Bhavan summed up the meeting  of the delegation  with the Governor , saying that the party leaders were worried  about the situation .

“ The delegation apprised the Governor about the obtaining ground situation and hardships being faced by people due to the prevailing unrest and demanded conspicuous presence of responsible government functionaries to handle the situation in the rural areas.

The delegation also expressed the concerns of parents and students about the recently announced examination schedule which they consider insensitive particularly because the students have not had the opportunity of covering the syllabus. The NC members also complained about losses to fruit growers due to the daily closure of Jawahar Tunnel and the severe traffic jams on the Highway.”

“The delegation appealed to the Governor to intervene and advise the State Government to systematically address the concerns of the public and handle the existing situation,” the spokesman said.

Stressing the crucial importance of peace being urgently restored in the State, the Governor urged the NC members to continue with their endeavours in this regard.


The delegation led by Ms. Ittoo included Mr. Altaf Ahmad Wani, MLA Pahalgam; Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhat, MLA Homeshalibugh; Mr. Showkat Ahmad Ganie, MLC; Dr. B.A. Veeri, MLC; Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar, MLC; Mr. Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, MLC; Mr. Mir Saifullah, former Minister; Mr. Javid Ahmad Dari Dar, former Minister; Mr. Imran Nabi Dar, Vice- President, JKYNC; and Mr. Peer Aafaq Ahmad, District President, Srinagar, the spokesman disclosed.  (JKNT)