South Kashmir: Many NC leaders not surprised over poll results

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Many leaders of ruling National Conference believe that the dilution of the party from its ideology and failure of the leadership in reaching out to its workers were the main reasons for its crushing defeat in the recent Parliamentary polls in all three constituencies of the Valley.
Senior NC leader and MLC, Dr Basheer Veeri, said the party was an “ideology,” and people were following the party for its ideology only. “There has been a lot of dilution as far as the party’s ideology is concerned. When you surrender your ideology, you are going to be at the losing end. Lot of development has been done during NC regime, but even then people voted for PDP which has neither any agenda nor any ideology. Top party leadership needs to introspect on all these things,” Veeri said.
He said the party leadership should introspect why there is so much anger against the party.
“I will tell you honestly that there was no PDP wave in any area of the Valley. It was not the vote of love for PDP but vote of hatred against NC,” Veeri said.
“I am not shocked over the poll results. It was expected. If top party leaders cannot wake up from the slumber and introspect now they can never,” Veeri said.
He also blamed the Congress for its contribution in NC’s defeat in the Valley. “No doubt Congress workers stayed away or indulged in cross-voting, but that was not the only reason for defeat. I personally feel that the party should not go for any future alliance with Congress,” Veeri said.
Another party leader and MLC, Abdul Majid Larmi, said the stunning defeat in polls was the result of party’s failure in reaching out to the ground level workers.
“Though there was lot of development during last five years, the party did not do anything for its ground level workers who are devoting all their time for it. If you cannot please your workers, how can you expect them to support you,” Larmi said. “You have to be ready for such results when you ignore your workers,” he said.
He, however, said that the poll tie-up with Congress also damaged the party badly. “We have the bitter experiences of alliance with Congress in the past. The party should learn lessons from how the Congress betrayed it. I feel that had the party contested polls alone results would have been a bit different,” Larmi said.
He claimed he had proof of a Congress district president voting for PDP in Kulgam.
“Any future alliance with Congress will destroy the party completely,” Larmi added.

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