The working president of National Conference Omar Abdullah Tuesday reprimanded the party leaders asking them not to create a situation wherein party would feel destabilized in any way.
Fissures of sorts were created by the Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone in the NC ranks, after he entered into a verbal dual with Lone on twitter. The war of words gained momentum after NC issued a joint statement against Lone in a bid to counter him. However, situation took an interesting turn when some NC leaders, whose names were mentioned in the statement against Lone, distanced themselves from the statement saying, "They were not taken into confidence."
Lone's assertions in an interview to a New Delhi based daily that RSS has a right to be in Kashmir set the base for the controversy.
Omar had to return from New Delhi to chair a crucial meeting of party leaders at his Gupkar residence here on Tuesday. The meeting attended by NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar and senior party leaders, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Mir Saifullah and others. Senior NC leader, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, however, claimed that he met Omar in person before the meeting and clarified his stand.
"I participated in the meeting and gave my feedback on all issues to our working president," said Muhammad Akbar Lone.
"The issue of statement controversy was discussed in a casual manner and all issues were sorted out amicably. We took a pledge that it is time to strengthen the party on all fronts and we all should remain united at this juncture," Lone added.
A senior leader, who participated in the meeting, wishing not to be named, revealed that Omar warned all leaders that indiscipline, internal rift or any confusion would not be tolerated. "It is high time to strengthen the party on all fronts rather than fighting with each other," Omar, according to NC leader, told the meet. "Don't you know that enemies are all up in the arms and hell bent to destabilize the NC. We all must defeat them and their designs."
Omar also called party spokesman Junaid Mattu at the end of the meeting to seek his opinion too. "It was decided that the party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar is authorized to issues statements to press and incorporate the names of any party leader in it," said a source, privy to the meeting.
Sagar, sources said, asserted that the statement was issued by the party and the leaders, whose names were mentioned in it, should not have objected to it. However, no one objected to his claim.