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Mehbooba, Omar trade charges over corruption

Hindustan Times  Srinagar, July 02, 2014
First Published: 21:32 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 21:33 IST(2/7/2014)

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti todaydemanded a probe into allegations of corruption against top leaders of ruling NC in Jammu and Kashmir, even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah accused the Opposition party of "sheltering" elements facing scam charge.

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"The Omar Abdullah government has a lot to answer on corruption. If he had not deactivated institutions like State Information Commission and State Accountability Commission (SAC), most of the skeletons would by now have tumbled out and some leading lights of the government could have met the fate of A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi," Mehbooba said in a statement.

She said only an honest investigation into allegations of corruption against NC top leadership can bring them to justice.

Omar, meanwhile, criticised PDP for its "bizarre behaviour of making the party a safe castle for elements having corruption charges and bad reputation."

"Inducting elements with charges of corruption in the party fold and allotting tickets to them (for forthcoming Assembly elections) speaks volumes about the lust of the party to grab power by hook or by crook," he told party workers in Budgam district.

The Chief Minister asked the people to teach a befitting lesson to the "amalgam of opportunists" hatching conspiracy against the state and its people to grab power in the upcoming elections.

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