Where is Jammu and Kashmir Congress president Saifuddin Soz?
A group of district Congress presidents have attacked Soz for his alleged absence for the past two months from Kashmir where more than 100 people have died since June 11.
They have appealed to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to seek an explanation from Soz for his absence when Kashmir was passing through a “tough time”.
“Where was he during the last two months when the party was in doldrums and many workers were facing harassment from different quarters and even the houses of many of them were attacked...” the office bearers said in a statement.
Soz denied these allegations. “How do they know I was not in Kashmir? I addressed the only public meet held in Kashmir during the current turmoil,” he told HT. Soz said he had addressed a meet of party workers in Anantnag on July 24.
Last Saturday on Eid, J&K government had to fly him home from the IAF base at Awantipora on a chopper. Soz’s Eid visit to home evoked criticism from district presidents of Ganderbal (Ghulam Hassan Shah), Budgam (Zahid Hussain Jan) and Baramulla (Mushtaq Ahmad).
“Soz did not bother to come to Kashmir during this crucial time when people were facing difficulties. He ignored the workers and completely left the Congress directionless and leaderless,” they claimed.
The state unit is divided into two factions with one owing allegiance to Soz and the other to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The current unrest has widened the differences.