Srinagar: National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, who faced the first defeat of his political career, preferred to stay home even as his son and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah faced the media.
“Farooq remained confined to his Gupkar house since Friday morning and kept a tab on the developments by staying glued to television channels beaming the results of the elections,” NC insiders told Kashmir Reader.
The fleet of cars and Farooq’s security guards remained on standby outside his house, as he preferred to stay home instead of visiting party headquarters, Nawai Subah complex. The NC president didn’t visit the SKICC either, where the counting of votes was being held.
“Farooq was very disturbed and disappointed with the results. Undoubtedly it was a big blow of his political career,” a close aide of the Abdullahs said.
“Farooq Sahab was very sure of his victory. The results have come as a shocker to everyone, especially the Abdullahs,” the NC source said, adding, “A meeting will be held soon to discuss what went wrong. We feel cheated by Congress. We’ll see where their votes went.”
Earlier, sources said, Omar held a meeting with senior minister Ali Mohammad Sagar and the party’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani to discuss poll debacle. The meeting was resumed after Omar addressed media and accepted the defeat of NC candidates, including his father with ‘humility’.
“The meeting between Chief Minister, Sagar and Nasir continued for over three hours even and before the press conference. A review meeting is likely to be held in a day or two to discuss the poll fallout,” the sources added.