Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana levels serious charges against PDP minister, leaders, says vested interests looting people
Jammu, January 07, 2018(PTK): Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana, Ex Vice Chairman Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board who resigned from the board recently has now resigned even from the basic membership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) alongwith thousands of his supporters hundreds of whom accompanied him today alleging loot and plunder by some self-styled leaders and levelled serious charges of corruption against ministers and other leaders.
Addressing a crowded press conference first time after resigning from the Advisory Board where he held the rank of Minister of State, Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana said that the party was completely off the track that its visionary leader Mufti Mohamed Sayeed had laid down for the party adding some self-styled leaders of the party who lost even the elections but were closer to the power corridors were running the party on whims and fancies and indulging in open loot through various means.
He said that he was resigning from the basic membership of the PDP alongwith his supporters as he does not feel that a person who was not allowed to serve the community when he held a ministerial rank post how can he serve them being just a member of such a party where sincere people are not allowed to work.
He said that his mission was to serve the deprived Gujjar and Bakerwal community but he found that the board was a mere eye wash as the Vice chairman could do nothing to mitigate their problems forcing him to resign.
Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana said that the government has destroyed the tribal community and there was none who can listen to their grievances adding that it has come to his knowledge that the Tribal Affairs Minister Ch Zulfkar Ali has amassed wealth amounting to 400 crores after becoming the minister.
He said that Zulfkar’s brother who is Director Pollution Control Board was also amassing huge wealth which might be the reason why Zulfkar is not raising his voice against the harassing tactics of forest minister fearing the loss of the musical chair of his brother who comes under ministry of forests as Gujjars are up in arms against the harassments of the forest ministry.
Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana alleged that the said minister has recently bought a house worth Rs 4 crore in Friends Colony Srinagar besides a Marriage Hall/ house at Chowaadhy in Jammu and asked the Chief Minister to order a probe as where from such huge wealth came to these people within no time so that everything is crystal clear before the public as some self-styled leaders are also hand-in-glove with this minister.
He alleged that Gujjar Bakerwal community was being ignored in every sphere be it recruitment of SPOS or Bank jobs and are also denied even the benefit of reservation while promotions are also being denied to them. He added that Gujjar Bakerwal Board was being slowly wound up to create one-upmanship of Tribal Affairs ministry.
He said that fake Scheduled Tribe Certificates were serving a death blow to the community youth but the government was in deep slumber for obvious reasons as whenever he tried to talk to higher ups his voice was muzzled.
Citing his families contribution to the society he said that his father was elected as MLC in 1957 and went on to get elected to Legislative Council five times during which he remained a minister for 12 years besides being deputy chairman Legislative Council and worked hard for the community instead of amassing wealth.
He also said that he has blood relation with Choudhry Mohad Aslam who is known for his integrity and sincerity the tallest Gujjar leader Miyan Bashir Sahab whose sacrifices are unparalleled was also in blood relation with him which speaks volumes about his sincerity, integrity, clean heartedness and contribution to the society.
Choudhary Zafar Ali Khatana alleged that the children living in Gujjar Hostels have been deprived of basic amenities which include even the copy and pencils while the concerned minister is busy in floating unconstitutional and illegal tenders for housing boards for students to earn huge bucks through commission instead of putting the existing Gujjar hostels in order where mess rules the roost.
He also alleged that the land of the Gujjars was being usurped, their houses destroyed and green lands closed in the name of forest land protection thereby finishing the earning sources of the community(PTK).