Srinagar: The ruling National Conference on Friday said its patron Farooq Abdullah would be face of the party during the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
“We have to redeem the situation. The disconnect with the people of the state proved disastrous for the party during the recently held (Parliamentary) polls. We have to do the needful to turn the situation in our favor before it is too late,” NC’s additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal was quoted as saying by a local news agency KNS.
Kamal attributed Farooq’s absence from the party affairs during the past five years for its defeat in the Parliamentary polls. “He was representing the state in the Parliament, but our party suffered as there is no one like him. He is a real statesman and NC cadre identifies with him,” Kamal said.
Terming Farooq a “one-man army” to face the rivals, Kamal who is also the brother of NC patron, said there is no other choice with NC but to ask Farooq to lead the party.
“To all of us, he is the best leader and a seasoned politician. As he was busy in Delhi during the past five years, now we know that he will turn the tables around,” Kamal said.
He said the main reason for the recent debacle of NC was its disconnect with the people in general and party activists in particular. “Yes, we have to admit that we were not connected to our cadre as we should have been. Now the time has come when we have to rectify the wrongs,” he added.