Beg right, old guard out to destroy party: NC leader

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: A day after senior National Conference leader Dr Mehboob Beg accused party veteran and Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather of making hundreds of backdoor appointments in the J&K Bank, a senior leader in the party Thursday endorsed Beg’s views.
The leader who holds a vital position in the NC described the internal discord in the party as “lava which is starting to erupt” after the recent rout in Parliamentary polls.
He admitted that all is not hunky-dory within the organization, as most of the members seek intervention of the party high command to contain a few oldies “who are out to destroy the organization.”
“We are not against Farooq Abdullah or Omar Abdullah but against those who exploited the party. Some senior party members including (Abdul Rahim) Rather Sahib and (Ali Mohammad) Sagar Sahib treated NC as their fiefdom. It created problems for the party. The duo must be held accountable for their wrongdoings,” the leader said, insisting not to be named.
He said most of the party leaders feel betrayed as their constituencies were ignored and instead ministers focused on their particular segments. “Beg Sahib is not wrong on blaming Rather. Rather sahib must be asked about the number of people from his constituency appointed in J&K Bank. The illegal appointments didn’t take place in JK Bank only but also in the departments he heads like Treasury and Funds and few more,” the NC leader told Kashmir Reader.
“Basically the poll results have shown our party a mirror. We were the first to highlight it. Now that the results have put things in black and white, we want Farooq Sahib to take note of all the irregularities” he said.
Meanwhile, NC spokesman Junaid Azim Matoo said the party does not agree with Dr Beg for blaming Rather on the recent poll rout in South Kashmir.
“Beg Sahib is a leader of our party. But we disagree with him on many issues. Why he said it, we don’t know,” Matoo told Kashmir Reader.
He said that his party stands for complete institutional integrity of J&K Bank and never compromised on it. “The party must have taken cognizance of his statement,” he added.