Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday asserted that after failing to politically fight with its president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has resorted to employing its agencies for the task.
Reacting to the summon, Dr. Abdullah told ANI: “This questioning has been going on for many years, it is nothing new. I am not going to say anything. The Court will decide what is to be done. I am not worried.”
In a statement party spokesperson said: “The ED summon to Dr Farooq Abdullah is clearly the result of the unity that Dr Sahib has been able to forge among mainstream political parties in J-K. This is the price one faces when opposed to BJP’s ideology and divisive politics. Recent history is a witness to how BJP has been employing coercive and intimidative measures through various departments to target opposition leaders across the country. The recent ED summon to Dr Farooq Abdullah is a case in point.”
Earlier, Dr Abdullah was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and was questioned. A local news gathering agency quoting unnamed officials reported that ED asked Dr Farooq to reach its Srinagar office at 11:30 am today and “possibly questioned regarding cricket scam.
The party statement further added: “The timing of the recent summon is very clear. His previous summons were just before Aug 5 last year and today’s summon comes within days of forming the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration of which Dr Farooq Abdullah has taken a lead.”
“Dr Farooq Abdullah continues to maintain his innocence and will cooperate with the authorities in what is nothing but a witch hunt,” the statement said.