Wachi Congress workers protest against party mandate

SRINAGAR: Congress activists from South Kashmir’s Wachi assembly constituency Tuesday threatened to boycott polls if the party does not give mandate to Abdul Qayoom Shah.
Accusing the state Congress of cheating them, activists from Wachi assembly constituency protested against the party’s decision to field Maroof Wani instead of Abdul Qayoom Shah.
They said, “Party members have been bribed to do so and if the decision is not revoked they will boycott the polls.”
Protesting workers said, “Before announcing mandate there had been thorough deliberations with state Congress chief Saif-ud-Din Soz, who had assured them that the mandate from Wachi constituency will be given to district president, Shah. Wani bribed some top leaders and that is how he was nominated to contest upcoming Assembly elections,” they said.
Protestors said that if the decision is not revoked then they along with their families will go for self immolation and boycott polls if the decision is not changed.
Protestors said that they have worked day and night to strengthen Congress but this decision of the party has disappointed them. “How can they give mandate to Wani, who is even not affiliated with district body,” Mohammad Ashraf Shah, a protesting party worker said.