- NC’s ex-MP Mehboob Beg quits party for ‘failing people’
- Extends unconditional support to PDP; demands accountability commission to probe into coalition ministers ‘wrongdoings’
ANANTNAG: Snapping his nearly three decades old ties with National Conference, senior party leader and former Member Parliament Mehboob Beg Sunday announced not to contest the forthcoming Assembly elections on an NC ticket. He also announced his unconditional support to opposition PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Syed in the elections.
Beg’s decision comes a couple of weeks after his candidature was announced for Anantnag Assembly segment by the party leadership.
Addressing a press conference at his residence here, Beg said, “I have decided not to contest the upcoming Assembly elections on NC ticket. Though I am indecisive about joining any other political party, I will unconditionally support Mufti Mohammad Sayeed” who is the candidate of the PDP from Anantnag. Anantnag is going to polls in the fourth phase of elections on December 14.
Describing Mufti as a “man of vision,” Beg said, “I don’t see any difference between BJP and RSS. But Mufti Sahab is the only person who has the guts to counter their designs in the state. He is a man of vision and principles. So I have decided to launch door-to-door campaign for him during upcoming polls without setting any conditions.”
Asked why he did not refuse mandate of NC when it was announced, Beg, who is the son of NC’s late stalwart Mirza Afzal Beg, said, “The party did not seek my opinion before announcing my candidature. I had no knowledge about my mandate. As you know my name was announced in the fifth list. So I don’t think there is any delay in conveying my decision to the NC leadership.”
Accusing the NC of failing the people of the state particularly of south Kashmir, Beg said the NC government failed to give good governance to the people. “South Kashmir was totally ignored. The party’s step motherly attitude towards south Kashmir is evident from the fact that none of the leaders from the area was inducted in the party’s parliamentary board.”
Beg said he had got the central university sanctioned for south Kashmir but Chief Minister Omar Abdullah shifted the same to his previous home constituency Ganderbal. “Not only central university but all my recommendations for the development of the region or Anantnag Assembly segment during last five years were ignored. All the developmental projects for the region were sabotaged by NC ministers,” he said.
He said that “fearing defeat from Ganderbal, Omar chose to contest from Beerwah and Sonawar constituencies.” Beg also said that the next government should constitute an accountability commission for the ministers of the present government.
“My appeal to the future chief minister is that he should make all the ministers of the present government accountable. I will be the first person to offer myself for accountability,” Beg said.
“When recruitment took place in the (JK) Bank, people from Chrar-e-Sharief (constituency of Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather) were employed. Posts under NREGA, which have to be filled locally from rural areas, were given to people from Khanyar (constituency of Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar),” he claimed.
Although several senior leaders of NC have quit the party recently, Beg is the most high profile leader to have walked away.
Earlier this month, MLC from Ganderbal Sheikh Ghulam Rasool resigned from the NC and later joined the PDP.—With additional inputs from PTI