ANANTNAG: The National Conference’s District Working Committee (DWC) Monday said Mehboob Beg’s decision to quit the party will not affect its poll prospects.
“Beg’s decision to quit the party and extend support to Mufti Syed is not going to affect the party a bit as he had already lost all the credibility among the masses,” NC’s MLC and spokesman of the DWC Dr Bashir Veeri said during a press conference here.
Veeri said Beg took the decision “out of compulsion knowing that he was going to face a shameful defeat once again.”
“As a parliamentarian, Beg had failed the people of south Kashmir. So, he turned down the mandate to save his reputation,” he said, calling Beg’s decision to support PDP’s patron Mufti Mohammad Syed as “highly unfortunate”.
He said he could have consulted the party leaders if ignoring south Kashmir was really Beg’s concern.
“The NC will win eight seats from south Kashmir in the polls. There is a strong anti-incumbency wave against the PDP MLAs in these constituencies,” he said.
Asked why Beg was given mandate despite the party leadership knowing about his lack of credibility, Veeri said, “Since he was a senior party leader and son of one of the founders of NC Mirza Afzal Beg party had ignored all his weaknesses.”
Veeri was accompanied by other NC leaders from south Kashmir including MLC Abdul Majid Bhat and district president Dr Shafi.