NC discusses poll debacle, reiterates support to PDP

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: The National Conference Monday discussed its debacle in the Assembly elections and the current political situation in the state.
A senior NC leader said a core group meeting, the first after the 2014 elections, at working President Omar Abdullah’s residence here, examined the feedback received from several constituencies regarding the party’s poor show in the polls. “The main motive was to introspect the party’s poor performance in the polls. Everyone suggested some measures for raising the morale of the cadre including holding of district level meet of workers,” the leader said.
The meeting also discussed the current political situation, particularly the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state amid the deadlock over government formation.
NC, which had emerged as the single largest party in 2008 elections, couldn’t retain many of its seats and bagged only 15 seats in the 87-member house in the 2014 elections.
Sources said the party has summoned another meeting on Tuesday wherein its candidates (winners and losers) would provide feedback about their respective constituencies.
“The feedback received from the block level committees in each constituency over the party’s poor performance was reviewed. It gave us an idea about our party’s poor show. Flood is one of the reasons as affected families couldn’t receive relief on time. Also, many leaders deserted the party and contested the polls on their own. Their move led to spilt in vote share,” said a senior leader, who attended the meeting. It was learnt that the party would be holding a similar meet in the Jammu region, where it got three seats only.
On the government formation, he said the PDP-BJP alliance was discussed however the party reiterated its support to PDP, which emerged as single largest party after the elections. “We discussed the current situation which has arisen after the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state. We reiterated our support to PDP,” said NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar.
A party handout termed it as ‘routine’ meet to discuss the current political situation.
The core group meeting chaired by NC working president Omar Abdullah was attended by party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Mohammad Shafi Uri, Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani and Provincial President Jammu Devender Singh Rana, it said.
Meanwhile, PTI quoted senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone as saying that the party will not join hands with BJP at any cost. Lone, however, said NC was ready to join hands with the PDP if the latter talks about the welfare of the people of the state.
“If the PDP talks about taking care of aspirations of all the three regions (Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh), then as a regional party, as a primary party, we need to join hands with such people who work for the unity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and we are ready to help them,” the NC leader said.