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Panthers Party withdraws support in J&K

india Updated: Jun 17, 2007 18:28 IST

Panther's Party on Sunday withdrew its support for the Congress-led coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior party leader said.

The letter of withdrawal of the support of its four MLAs to the Ghulam Nabi Azad government was handed over at the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Sanjay Sachdeva, a senior party leader, told PTI.

The withdrawal of support would not threaten the stability of the Congress-PDP coalition in the state which is well-placed above the 50 mark in the 89-seat assesmbly.

The issue of demilitarisation, as sought by another alliance partner PDP, was not acceptable to the party, he said.
He said that the issue of Kashmiri Pandits' return to the state was "virtually treated as a joke" by the successive state governments and "no tangible efforts were made for their return".

Meanwhile, in Srinagar the state vice-president Bashir Ahmed Kathoo said the reason for such a drastic step was failure of the coalition government to implement the common minimum programme chalked out by the coalition partners in 2002.

Among other things, Kathoo highlighted the failure of the government to release political prisoners, non-formation of delimitation commission and finance commission, lack of transparency in the administration, maltreatment to the educated youth, partiality in roads and buildings schemes, deterioration in education and healthcare and ignoring development in rural areas.

He said the party leaders would formally meet the State Governor Lt Gen (retd) SK Sinha on June 22 to submit a written statement conveying the decision of the party.