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MLA Rashid launches new party

Hindustan Times  Srinagar, June 12, 2013
First Published: 19:16 IST(12/6/2013) | Last Updated: 19:19 IST(12/6/2013)

Firebrand independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Rashid, who has shot to prominence after raising controversial issues, launched a political party on Wednesday.

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While launching Jammu Kashmir Awami Ettihaad, Rashid said the party would make a difference and wouldn't give membership to anyone who has any criminal FIR against him. Interestingly, Rashid has at least 10 cases against him in different police stations.

"I want to create Engineer Rashid in every house of Kashmir. I was not able to bring changes individually but now I hope that with other likeminded people I will make system to follow rules,'' he said.

The party comes with a promise of three Ps- "progress, prestige and protection" for the people of Kashmir.

While elaborating the manifesto of his newly launched party, 'Awami Ettihaad', Rasheed in a press conference said that he wanted to break the tradition of generational rule in Kashmir. "I want to draft a resolution that no one should be allowed to preside as chief minister of the state more than twice," Rashid said.

He blamed mainstream political parties, including the ruling National Conference and opposition PDP, for their "failure in governance."

"I am not the puppet of New Delhi while as all other political parties are. They do everything to please New Delhi," he said.

He further added, "Present mainstream parties should represent Kashmir in New Delhi but unfortunately they are representing New Delhi in Kashmir."

Engineer is the third MLA since 2002 to launch his own mainstream political party. Earlier Minster for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, and former Minster, Hakeem Mohammad Yasin launched their own parties in recent years.


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