Srinagar: Senior National Conference leader Dr Mustafa Kamal Thursday claimed that Syed Ali Geelani won the Sopore seat in 1977 elections by a slender margin of 34 votes after his father opposed the then Assistant Returning Officer who wanted to declare NC candidate winner in his place.
ARO Baramulla Shri Trisal desired Hakim Habidullah be declared winner in place of Geelani who was contesting on Jamat-e-Islami ticket. Trisal sought Sheikh Sahabs concurrence on phone which Sheikh sahib flatly refused and instead asked the officer that even if the difference was only one vote in favour of Syed Ali Geelani his name should be announced.
According to Kamal this conversation took place in the sitting room of his house 10-MA Road, Srinagar where he himself was present. Narrating this to me Sheikh Sahab had a loud laugh, Kamal said in a statement.
The statement of the Kamal has given an impression that Sheikh was all power and had a complete hold over the State bureaucracy.
Kamal claimed that 1987 Assembly elections were not rigged as the allegations were not proven.
He said that the resurrection of Mufti Sayeed and Jamat-e-Islami based MUF of 1987 from ashes was an attempt to dislodge National Conference from Power. (CNS)
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