Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has asked the smaller constituents of the amalgam to unite or merge to form larger groups.
Sources in the amalgam told Kashmir Reader that the Hurriyat patriarch has suggested the office holders of smaller parties “united by ideologies” to merge their parties under a single banner.
“I have been repeatedly asking the smaller constituents to constitute into larger parties that will enable the party to work effectively on ground,” Geelani told a group of Hurriyat leaders during a seminar on Sunday.
The seminar was organized by the amalgam to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain (RA).
Similar directions were passed by the octogenarian leader last year. However, informed sources told Kashmir Reader that the subsequent arrest of the top leaders of the amalgam scuttled the whole process.
“There was a serious discussion about it last year. Several groups had agreed to unite and form a single party,” a source said.
On Sunday Geelani also sought presence of all the constituents in the seminar. The sources said that out of the 24 constituents of the Hurriyat Conference (G) only a few were present.
Hurriyat Conference (G) was formed in 2004 following a split in the Hurriyat Conference. Currently, the Hurriyat Conference (G) is an amalgam of as many as 24 different parties. Among these, party sources said, many are ‘one-man’ units.
“Everybody wants to be a chairman. There are parties with just two members. I again request these smaller parties to converge and form a single party,” Geelani told the members on Sunday.
Previously, the idea of the merger has been discussed at Executive Meetings of the amalgam in January 2017. The meeting was attended by almost all the constituents.
Parties like Islamic Political Party, Democratic Muslim League, Mass Movement, Insaaf Party, Tehreek-e-Mazahmat, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, People’s Political League, Peirwan-e-Walayat and Social & Peace Forum, the constituent members in the Hurriyat Conference (G), according to sources, have less than a dozen active members.