Gen Sinha damaged valley's age old tradition and brotherhood:CPI(M)

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Srinagar, Jun 25 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (M) today alleged that Governor Lt General (retd) S K Sinha has damaged the age-old tradition of brotherhood and multiculturalism in Jammu and Kashmir.

State Secretary of the CPI(M) Mohammad Yousuf Targami said that he had warned the then Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani about the wrongdoings of General Sinha.

He said it was painful to notice the damage General Sinha had been done to our age-old tradition of brotherhood and multiculturalism.

The governor has done more harm than any good to the ideals of secularism, the leader of the CPI(M) in the Legislative Assembly said, adding that he had forewarned the central government about the machinations and wrongdoings of the Governor.

The governor undermined the role of elected Government and overstepped his brief as Governor of the State.

Releasing the letter, Mr Targami has written to Mr Advani on July 16,2003, he said the present crises would have been averted had my concerns being heard.

The letter said CPI(M) had been watching with anxiety the recent visits by the General Sinha to almost every district headquarter of the State, summoning and addressing meetings of the State Government functionaries regarding day-to day matters.

He has also been touring various other places in the State.

''In this context, we wish to submit that the functions of a Governor are clearly defined and specified in the State constitution. It may also be stated here that all the functions, with certain exceptions (which do not concern us presently), are exercisable by the Governor, only on the advice of the Council of Ministers,'' the letter stafed.

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