Vows to ‘bounce back’

Srinagar: At a time when a few people have started to write political obituary of National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister and party’s working President Omar Abdullah Saturday vowed to stage a comeback.
“Will learn & bounce back,” Omar tweeted on the reportage about rout of National Conference in the just concluded election which saw even Farooq Abdullah, his father and party patron, bite the dust, first time in his 30-year political career.
The latest tweet comes a day after he accepted, “unequivocally”, the responsibility for the defeat, a resounding one with party faring poorly even from the assembly segments which are presently occupied by its members.
In fact, except for Habba Kadal, Khaniyar and Amira Kadal, the party has lost to opposition PDP in all other assembly segments. Among them include Ganderbal, the constituency represented by Omar Abdullah himself.
“A lot of introspection & soul searching, personally & professionally, needed,” said the techno-savvy former minister in NDA-led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Once invincible, the party has now been virtually backed into a corner and political pundits believe that it needs serious revamp, insisting that even period of introspection is over for it.
As per the result figures, the party’s candidates, who were seeking re-election to Indian Parliament, got 396713 votes as against 1137433 votes polled for three Lok Sabha constituencies spanned in ten district of Kashmir region.
While the candidates—Farooq Abdullah, Mehboob Beg and Sharif-ud-Din— had vote share of 34.78 percent, in comparison PDP’s candidates with 533629 votes got 46.91 percent votes.