It is only NC leadership to be blamed
LEAF FROM HISTORY
MUHAMMAD AMIN KHAN
The reported outburst of Sheikh Nazir on workers for having given NC a fractured mandate is as unfortunate as it is disgusting. The ruling family has none but itself to blame for its reverses in previous elections, particularly in South Kashmir where it suffered miserably. The NC leadership had never bothered the cause of its erosion of popular sport which once it had.
NC has been in power since 1975 except for a brief spell of PDP led government and governor rule. Its governance has been always poor and dismal except for a brief period of 1977 elections when it brought in progressive administrative and legal measures like agrarian reform to bolster rural economy and the single line administration to overcome corruption and red-tapism in the system. But soon after the conspiracies in the corridors of power began and focus was more on deciding the successor to Sheikh Sahab during his lifetime itself which led to ouster of the stalwart, Mirza Afzal beg from the party. This move jolted the party and created a huge vacuum particularly is South Kashmir where Mufti Muhammad Sayed's political clout was growing fast unnoticed and unchallenged under the umbrella of Indian National Congress.Those who represented NC in South Kashmir after the ouster of Mirza Afzal Beg were political light weights who could not contain Mufti Sahab. The NC leadership however didno't become conscious even when Mufti Sahab defeated NC candidate MY Teng in parliamentary elections in South Kashmir in 1995-96 with a huge margin. Mufti Sahab left the Congress and formed his own party to consolidate his new found political base.
However NC leadership watched all this with complacency only to be proved miserably wrong in the state Assembly elections of 2002 When PDP trounced the NC particularly in South Kashmir and the story was again repeated in the Assembly elections of 2009. NC perhaps has become conscious of its losing ground which explains its desperation to retain power by resorting to gimmicks. But, it is too late. Moreover NC is not in a position to fight its adversary with its broken and rusted armory particularly in South Kashmir where it has visibly withdrawn from political scene and is instead virtually represented by Congress.
(Muhammad Amin Khan is Lecturer Sociology, Islamabad (Anantnag) Kashmir)
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