NC begins ‘mission comeback’

Srinagar : Farooq Abdullah, humbled by a junior politician in the recent parliamentary vote, has asked his cadres to conceive a comprehensive “mission comeback” for party. To understand why Kashmir’s grand old political clan was drubbed by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, the ruling National Conference Monday held a close-door ‘introspection session’ with Farooq Abdullah in chair.

Party’s top brass attended the meeting, held at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s residence in Gupkar.  “Farooq was furious. He was angry with Omar Abdullah’s style of functioning. At one point he said the party is now in a do-or-die state. He sought opinions on how to stage a comeback in the forthcoming assembly elections,” an insider said.

In recently held Lok Sabha elections, all the three candidates of NC lost to rival Peoples Democratic Party  on three seats of valley which jolted party’s leadership. The party president and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah lost to PDP’s Tariq Hameed Karra on Srinagar constituency by over 40000 votes and it was first ever electoral defeat for Farooq in his political career.

Besides Farooq, party’s Mehboob Beigh and Shareef-ud-Din Shariq lost to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and Muzaffar Hussain Beigh from Anantnag and Baramulla constituencies respectively.

Sources said that in Monday’s meet, the party members admitted that the 2010 killings and the secret execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru were the primary reasons behind defeat. 

 “As Chief Minister himself said the 2010 killings and Guru’s hanging played role in our defeat and it is a fact as we also accept it. There is nothing new,” a senior NC leader, who attended the meet, said.

 On Thursday, the CM Omar Abdullah in a press conference said that the killings in 2010 and Guru hanging were also responsible for NC’s defeat.

 “It was a post-poll exercise. We were seeing what happened district wise on organizational level,” the NC leader said, adding: “the process of meetings will continue.”

The NC Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said that the discussions on the poll performance will go on. “We have to discuss about whole valley and it won’t happen in one day. It will take time. Once we are done with it, we will share with you (media),” he said.

 The NC will hold meeting of Block presidents on Tuesday at its Party Headquarters in Nawa-i-Subah complex. “After Block Presidents meet, they will give us feedback and then we will take some decisions on party,” Chowdhary Ramzan, a senior NC leader said.


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