Srinagar: The National Conference is holding a series of meetings this week to discuss the poll debacle and chalk out a strategy for the Assembly elections slated to be held later this year.
Insiders told Kashmir Reader on Sunday that a meeting of NC’s core committee will be held on Monday morning at the residence of the Abdullahs to discuss the crushing defeat in the recently held Parliamentary elections that saw three of the party’s candidates, including the patron Farooq Abdullah, tasting defeat. The meeting will be attended by top leaders of the party, including Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Devinder Singh Rana, Nasir Aslam Wani, besides Farooq Abdullah and NC president and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
“The meeting will discuss the defeat of the NC candidates,” an insider, wishing not to be named, told Kashmir Reader. He said the leaders will also discuss thread bear the corrective measures that need to be taken before the Assembly elections.
“We can’t afford to let go things out of hands. We have to introspect and see what went wrong,” the insider said, adding “We have to ensure that we don’t get into this kind of situation in Assembly polls. We’ll also discuss and debate corrective measures to avoid such occurrences. Even today, a meeting in this regard was held. The party can’t take this defeat casually,”
On Tuesday, the party office bearers will meet at the Nawai Subah headquarters. “The thrust of the meeting will be to strengthen the bond between grass root level workers and the party leadership,” the insider said.
77-year-old Abdullah lost first elections of his four decade career to PDP’s Tariq Hameed Karra by over 40,000 votes, leaving NC in deep shock. Besides him, two more party candidates, Mehboob Baig and Shareef-ud-din Shariq also lost the elections to Mehbooba Mufti and Muzaffar Hussain Beig of PDP with a huge margin.