Hackers have hacked and taken over the online Facebook page of senior ruling National Conference (NC) leader and member parliament (MP) G.N. Ratanpuri, who is fast emerging as a voice of dissent and rebellion within the party.
“I have registered a complaint with the Delhi police’s cyber cell to restore the hacked page. They are working on it,” MP Ratanpuri told the Hindustan Times over phone from New Delhi.
The hacking by ZHQ, a pro-separatist hackers group who have pasted pro-freedom updates on the FB page, has come at a time when Ratanpuri was using it to update his activities, which put the ruling NC in a tight spot.
The FB page popularity went viral after the MP put on it the whole account of him meeting with hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s at his Delhi residence, where he was kept under house arrest since execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9.
Ratanpuri described Geelani’s detention as “illegal” and drew parallels between him and late NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, also grandfather of chief minister Omar Abdullah. He went on saying that he sees chances of “Geelani becoming tallest leader of 21st century from Kashmir”.
The comparison drew sharp response from another senior NC leader Mustafa Kamal, also uncle of the CM, who is demanding Ratanpuri’s resignation now.
“Ratanpuri is the biggest foe of the NC, whose only aim is to gain the sympathy of the Hurriyat and the PDP. He has been taught by our adversaries how to defame late Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah and the party. NC can’t tolerate person like him anymore,” said Kamal, also additional secretary general of the party.
Playing down resignation demand of Kamal, Ratanpuri said, “Nobody takes him (Kamal) seriously. He has no credibility so there is no need to respond…There is no formal party communication to me”.
Defending the Geelani-Sheikh comparison and his open rebellion against the party politics, Ratanpuri claims many senior NC leaders feels sidelined and snubbed.
“I fail why are they are mum after putting 30 to 40 years into the NC and where their loyalties lie. In the hindsight, they are critical of the party moves and what it’s becoming,” said Ratanpuri adding, “Voice of dissent over issues and ideology has been choked by a few in the party.”
The MP alleged the party was allowing communal elements from the RSS in Jammu and the Ladakh Bhuddist Association to join the ranks.
“Where is Sheikh sahib’s ideology? Power has been handed over to those who don’t feel for people of Kashmir. The NC was once sole vehicle for empowerment of people but after Sheikh’s demise people got disempowered, and are an oppressed lot,” he said.
The MP said he wants New Delhi to empower Kashmir like other parts of the country. “On one side of the political divide people are asked to come on roads and face bullets and on the other they are asked to prostate. I want a dignified life and ask India to empower us”.
Ratanpuri was nominated as MP from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in 2008 by the party.