NC readying for early polls
Dr Farooq To Chair ‘Crucial’ CWC Meet On April 6
Srinagar, Apr 3: Smelling early Parliamentary polls following the political uncertainty prevailing at the Centre, National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah has convened party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on April 6 to devise a “unanimous strategy” in case situation takes an abrupt turn in New Delhi. The party will also discuss post-Muhammad Afzal Guru hanging situation in J&K.
Sources in the NC said the party president has convened the CWC meeting in Jammu. “The meeting will continue on April 7 also. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, General Secretary Advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmad and all the members of the CWC will attend the meeting. There are some special invitees also,” sources said.
Sources said that senior Abdullah has to fly back to New Delhi on April 8 and hence he has found it appropriate to hold a crucial meet at a time when all NC legislators were present in Jammu following the ongoing budget session. According to a senior NC leader, who did not wish to be named, the party feels that “all was not well at the Centre” owing to the pull-out of DMK against the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. “This is the main reason that has prompted Dr Farooq to convene the CWC meet,” he said.
NC MP Dr Mehboob Beg admitted that a major political uncertainty was hovering around UPA. “There is already a minority government at the Centre. Now all eyes are on Mulayam Singh Yadav as he has the numbers. He is shaky and can take a U-turn anytime,” he said. “Muslims in Uttar Pradesh have started distancing themselves which is a cause of worry for Yadavs. So there is every possibility of early Parliamentary polls,” Beg said. On whether NC would support UPA yet again, Dr Beg said: “This (supporting UPA) was a policy decision.”
Additional General Secretary of NC, Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal also said the NC won’t ditch UPA. “We will devise a strategy what to do if something untoward happens at the Centre. At the same time, BJP may be launching a tirade against the UPA but the party is not ready for early polls following its internal crisis,” Kamaal said.
Kamaal said CWC of NC doesn’t meet until there is some serious issue. The last CWC of NC was held on December 9, 2012, at Jammu.
NC will face a tough competition in next Parliament polls, due in early 2014. J&K has six Parliamentary constituencies — three in Kashmir, two in Jammu and one in Ladakh. While NC represents three Parliament seats in Kashmir, Congress has two in Jammu. The Ladakh parliamentary constituency is represented by Ghulam Hassan Khan, who contested polls in 2008 as an Independent.
NC insiders said the CWC meet would also discuss the party polls that are due. “We have to get ready for party polls as well. The party level elections may be held in May or June,” they said.
The party sources said the fallout of Guru hanging is also on the agenda of the CWC meet. Sources said the party leaders would deliberate on the effects of Guru’s execution on the mainstream politics in Kashmir.
“Plus, the party leadership will also discuss the proposal mooted by the State Congress that polls for Urban Local Bodies be held in the month of May,” they said. They said on the second day of the meeting, the party leaders will devise a strategy on how to strengthen the party on all fronts to gain maximum seats in 2014 Assembly elections.
WE Will Have To Devise Strategy On What To Do If Something Untoward Happens With UPA At The Centre. NC Working Committee Doesn’t Meet Until There Is Some Serious Issue On Hand
DR MUSTAFA KAMAAL
NC Additional General Secretary
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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