NC gets new functionaries

Rana, Wani Appointed Provincial Presidents

Jammu, Jan 15: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also working president of National Conference (NC) Tuesday effected major changes in the organizational structure ahead of assembly elections due next year.
In a move to “rejuvenate” the party, Chief Minister brought in two of his trusted lieutenants Devender Singh Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani as the provincial head of two provinces – Jammu and Kashmir respectively.
Omar dissolved the provincial committees of Jammu and Kashmir provinces with immediate effect and announced that a new team to “strengthen the party” would be constituted “shortly”.
Surjit Singh Slathia, the outgoing Industries Minister, was named as senior vice-president of the party. Two other outgoing ministers appointed as vice-presidents are Qamar Ali Akhoon and Aga Rahulla Mehdi. The present provincial president Jammu Rattan Lal Gupta, ougoing Vice-Chairman of Pahari Advisory Board Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari were also nominated as vice-presidents.
Former Higher Education Minister Abdul Gani Malik was assigned the charge of Parliamentary constituency of Kathua-Udhampur-Doda and Rashpal Singh was appointed as incharge Parliamentary constituency Jammu-Poonch-Rajouri.
A party loyalist Dr Mehboob Baig was named as Central Secretary, Kashmir. Omar also appointed Javed Ahmed Dar and Qaiser Jamshed Lone as district presidents of Baramulla and Kupwara, respectively. Omar had sought resignation of all the party ministers and advisors Monday to revamp the party. The Chief Minister had told his party colleagues yesterday that he will be revamping the cabinet and party in run up to the next general elections.
Governor NK Vohra accepted the resignations of seven ministers Tuesday. Six are from the National Conference and one from the Congress. Apart from Slathia, Akhoon and Mehdi, the other NC ministers whose resignations were forwarded to governor are Abdul Gani Malik, Nasir Aslam Wani and Javed Dar.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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