Assembly poll won’t be a cakewalk for us: NC

Srinagar:  Maintaining that NC president  Farooq Abdullah will taken into consideration the views of the party men before entering into any pre-poll pact with the Congress, senior NC leader and a former parliament member Mehboob Beg Tuesday remarked that reshuffle within NC would be a vital step to rebuild peoples’ trust.  

Beg said that the party had reserved its decision on any pre-poll alliance with the state Congress for the forthcoming polls and that the same shall be taken by the party president himself. “It is the president that is authorized to take final call over the pre-poll pact issue. But at the same time I can assure you that the views of the ground level workers and activists shall be taken into account before making the decision final.”

He stated that the people of Jammu and Kashmir through the recently held polls expressed anger against the party and that much hard work is needed so that the trust could be rebuilt. “We have to take people friendly measures so that we could achieve fleet during the assembly elections. The leaders must understand that the polls for the state assembly are not going to be a calk walk for us.”

Over the reports of the reshuffle within the ruling national conference, Beigh stated that when people have made the party to taste defeat, it has to in return take steps that would give a signal that the party has taken note of its recent debacle. “It is the high time that NC must introspect and come up in open with the steps that could make the party to register triumph in the coming time.”

Beg recently hit headlines when he leveled serious allegations against finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, accusing him of facilitating “backdoor entries” of his own people in Jammu and Kashmir Bank and snubbing party members in District Development Board (DDB) meetings.

“I am told that there have been numerous appointments in J&K Bank at the behest of Abdur Rahim Rather,” Beg told reporters in Sarnal , after commemorating the 32nd death anniversary of his father and NC leader Mirza Muhammad Afzal Beg. He said most of the appointees come from Rather’s home constituency of Chrar-e-Sharif. “Providing employment to youth is good but there should have been appointments from Anantnag as well,” he said. Admitting that there was PDP wave during parliamentary elections in the Valley, Beg said, “We must introspect reasons of defeat and voters’ alienation from our party.”

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