Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid alleges curbs, threatens resignation

Srinagar: Controversial Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid on Wednesday alleged curbs on his political activities and sought the intervention of Governor N N Vohra to address his grievances, failing which he threatened to resign from the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and move court.

“I have written a letter to the Governor giving details of various instances when police stopped me from carrying out my political activities and humiliated me,” he told reporters.

“I am seeking his (Governor’s) intervention in the matter for its immediate redressal. Otherwise I have no option left but to resign from the assembly,” he said.

The MLA requested the Governor to hold an impartial inquiry into all the incidents cited by him, saying “there seems to be some conspiracy either to eliminate me or stop me from doing political activities”.

Rashid, who represents north Kashmir s Langate assembly constituency, said he would also approach the courts and bring the matter to the notice of Assembly Speaker as well.

“I have written to the Governor as he is the constitutional head of the state,” the MLA said. He alleged that during the past six years, security agencies have been creating hurdles in his peaceful political activities.

“The situation since last one year seems to have gone from bad to worse due to reasons best known to their top brass. It seems to be a well-designed plan to create hurdles in my movement, right to speech and way of working,” Rashid wrote in the letter to the Governor.

Rashid said he would send a copy of the letter to the Assembly Speaker for treating it as a Privilege Motion against senior superintendents of police of Baramulla and Anantnag districts for “abusing” him.