Fresh summon to Dr Farooq Abdullah part of a coercive plot: NC

Srinagar, October 21: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday expressed anger over fresh Enforcement Directorate (ED)  summon to party President Dr Farooq Abdullah, a day after he was questioned by the same agency for a marathon six hours. The party lambasted the government for its agenda of cornering any voices of dissent.

Terming these ED summons “calculated”, part of “coercive measures”, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that it is aimed at curtailing Dr Farooq’s efforts to weave unity among mainstream political parties in J&K.

Calling the repeated ED summons, , pressure tactics, he said, “What is it that ED forgot to ask during the six hours it interrogated an 83 yr old Member of Parliament?”

The government and its agencies, the spokesperson said, has no consideration for a law abiding citizen who is severely immunocompromised and diabetic.

“Dr Abdullah being treated like this is a proof that the BJP is not even interested in a face saving act and is completely comfortable with being seen as a bully by the nation,” he said.

“How many times will BJP use CBI, ED, anti corruption Bureau and its other agencies to browbeat opposition? The plot has become predictable. Anyone who speaks against the government or musters courage against its divisive politics will be hounded and summoned,” he added.

“The only way to get a clean chit these days is to surrender one’s ideology and join the BJP. We’ve seen this story play out from Assam to Karnataka, from West Bengal to Andhra Pradesh but Dr Abdullah is not going to surrender to the BJP, come what may”, party spokesperson said.

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