Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Tuesday nominated Omar Abdullah as party vice-president among a host of new appointments to party offices. The former chief minister and scion of the Sheikh family was until now the working president of Kashmir’s grand-old party. According to a spokesperson, the party can have only one vice-president according to the party’s constitution.
The spokesperson told Kashmir Reader that working president was not a constitutional post and the current nominations have been made in league with the party’s constitution.
Omar’s nomination was approved by party president Dr Farooq Abdullah, his father. Dr Abdullah also appointed office bearers to key posts for strengthening and monitoring party affairs, the spokesperson said.
The new appointments are aimed at giving representation to the party’s women’s wing, youth and other sections of society, and to reshape different wings of the party, the spokesperson added.
The NC appointed seven state secretaries. They are senior functionaries Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Peerzada Ghulam Ahmed Shah, Advocate Rattan Lal Gupta, Ajay Sadhotra, Mushtaq Bukhari, SS Salathia, and Sakina Ittoo.
Mir Saifullah, Irfan Ahmad Shah, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, Rachpal Singh, Abdul Ganie Malik have been appointed as central secretaries.
MLA Habbakadal, Shamima Firdous, was appointed as the state president of the party’s women’s wing, while former MLA Bimla Luthra was appointed as the state vice-president of the women’s wing. Sabia Qadri was nominated as provincial president (Kashmir), Women’s Wing.
The party also appointed Mohammad Shafi as Vice-President Kashmir Province and nominated Bashir Ahmad Veeri as zonal president south Kashmir, Shabir Ahmed Kulay as vice-president south Kashmir, Altaf Ahmed Kaloo as district president, Anantnag, and Nazir Ahmed Malik as zonal secretary north Kashmir.