Ishfaq quits Cong


Srinagar, Feb 18: In what could be seen as a major setback for the state Congress, one of its key members from central Kashmir, Sheikh Ishfaq Monday resigned from the basic membership of the party “for being denied candidature for Legislative Council (LC) polls.”
“I was promised MLC berth by the PCC chief Prof Saifuddin Soz. He even invited me to Delhi and asked me to bring along my latest resume as well,” Ishfaq, who sounded very upset, told Greater Kashmir over phone from Jammu. He said over the past few days he was camping in New Delhi. “I met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress working president Rahul Gandhi and all top leaders of the party. I was told that there was a tie between my name and Muzaffar Parray,” he said.
Ishfaq said he was shocked to see Parray filing “nomination papers” despite having no mandate from the party high command.
Ishfaq claimed that he had managed to bag 10,000 votes in 2008 Assembly elections. “I was the working committee president of Congress for Ganderbal district. By denying MLC berth to me, Congress would be wiped out from entire Ganderbal district,” he said. On whether he would join any other political party, Ishfaq said he would consult people of his area first before taking any such decision.
Asked whether he has submitted his resignation to Soz, he said he preferred to tender his resignation to “Soniaji and Rahulji.”
PCC chief Saifuddin Soz, while reacting on Ishfaq’s resignation, said: “My advice to Ishfaq is to withdraw his resignation. We will accommodate him in a good way.”
Ishfaq is the son of former Minister Sheikh Muhammad Jabbar.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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