Srinagar, June 29: Peoples Conference (PC) General Secretary Imran Reza Ansari Tuesday said that senior leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig never joined PC and was not a member of the party.
Talking to a news gathering agency Kashmir News Service KNS, Ansari said that Baig was not a member of the party.
"There may be some confusion but no he never joined the party," Ansari said.
He said that though PC Chairman Sajad Lone visited Baig's residence, he went only after being sure and being convinced that Baig wanted him to visit his residence and was looking forward to welcome him.
"Politics was discussed there and he was very thankful to PC for getting Safina Baig elected as DDC chairperson," Ansari said.
He said that PC helped Safina Baig to become the DDC chairperson.
"We were the single largest party in Baramulla with three members while no other party had more than two members. Even though we had aspirations within our camp for the post of the chairmanship, but she came to me and requested me that we support her. We did not support her on any condition. Otherwise she was a single member and could not have become the chairperson. We felt she deserved a chance and was a good candidate," Ansari said.
On if Baig was not a member of the party, why did he accompany Sajad Lone to participate in the All-Party Meeting, he said, "It is because Baig Sahab expressed a desire to go to the meeting with Sajad Sahab and requested if he could take him along to the meeting."
However, Ansari said, "But at no point did we have any remote idea about what he is going to speak inside and neither did he have any idea about what we were going to speak inside."
He said that Baig himself had made it clear that he does not belong to any party.
"We share a personal relationship with them. But we have nothing in common with them politically. Nothing at all," Ansari said.
Meanwhile, Muzaffar Hussain Baig in a debate on a national news channel said that he was not a leader of any party as he had not yet decided to which party he belongs or to which party he wants to be in.