Congress leader up in arms against NC’s Shariq

Says Congress because of me in Gurez, will boycott coalition candidate

Srinagar: The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) counsel to its disgruntled leader and former MLA Faqir Mohammad Khan in Gurez does not seem to be working.

Khan is not only unrelenting on his poll boycott call against Shareef-u-Din Shariq, National Conference candidate from Baramulla Lok Sabah constituency but cautioned his party of dire consequences if it compels him to support the coalition candidate.

Khan also took a jibe at PCC vice president and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga saying that the later should prove his political identity before trying to seek answers from Khan. “I am accountable to PCC president who can ask for an explanation from me not those who do not have any political base,” Khan remarked, while referring to Monga’s remarks.

The former MLA  said that he will continue his protest against the coalition candidate during the upcoming Lok Sabah elections. He also alleged that Congress party never bothered to reach out to its workers and other supporters who according to him were made political victims by the National Conference led coalition government during last over five years.

“The (Congress) party did not bother to take cognizance of my feedback given from time to time about political victimization against my workers and party supporters in Gurez, how can the party (Congress) have a say in our decision of poll boycott now? Let me make it clear that I am not because of the Congress party here but the party is because of me in Gurez,” Khan claimed.

He said that he can go to any extent if his party compels him to support the coalition candidate. “I can go to any extent even may think of leaving the party if they compel me to support the coalition candidate,” Khan said. Pertinently, the fissures in Congress developed by Khan’s rebellion in Gurez who on March 23, announced a  complete boycott against Shareef-u-Din Shariq, the National Conference leader and the coalition candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabah polls in North Kashmir constituency.

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