ANANTNAG: The ongoing bickering in the ruling National Conference after the Parliamentary poll disaster took a new twist on Wednesday when senior party leader Dr Mehboob Beg, accused another senior party leader and Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, of making hundreds of backdoor appointments in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
“The wrong policies of the top party leadership led to party’s debacle in recently held polls. If party leadership does not wake up from the slumber and introspect, the (defeat in Parliamentary polls) will be repeated in upcoming Assembly polls,” Beg said while addressing party workers on the 32nd death anniversary of Mirza Afzal Beg, his father and close aide of NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
Beg said Rather “played a big role” in party’s defeat from south Kashmir. “As chairman of the District Board, Rather always ignored demands of block level leaders of the party. He never allowed any party leader from south Kashmir to speak in the Board meetings. He always snubbed party MLC, Bashir Ahmad Veeri, whenever the latter dared to speak and put forth the demands of people,” Beg said.
He said that despite being supported by Congress, the NC faced stunning defeat in all the three parliamentary constituencies of the Valley. “But in south Kashmir I won’t hesitate to say that Rather played a main role in the party’s defeat,” Beg said.
He went on to accuse Rather of making hundreds of backdoor entries in the J&K Bank. “As per my information hundreds of people from (Rather’s constituency) Charar-e-Sharief were illegally appointed by him during last five years. I don’t have any objection to why he made the appointments, but he should have appointed people from south Kashmir as well,” Beg said.
He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also failed to take corrective measures on time. “I many a time conveyed to Omar Sahab that all is not well but he too failed to take corrective measures,” Beg said.
He warned the party leadership against taking people for a ride. “I want to tell the party leadership that people are politically mature now. They don’t vote for the sacrifices of Sheikh Sahab and Beg Sahab anymore but for the performance of the present regime. In recently held Lok Sabha polls people voted for the party which set up medical colleges and constructed roads. The poll results should be an eye-opener for the party,” Beg said.
Asked if he plans to change party, Beg said, “It is not the question of changing the party but of introspection. I believe that Omar Sahab will take my every word in a positive sense.”