NC Begins ‘Mission 2014’

NC Begins ‘Mission 2014’

7 February 2013
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: With an eye on the 2014 Assembly elections, the ruling National Conference Thursday accommodated many ‘annoyed’ faces in its restructured provincial committee. While the party is eying to grab many a South Kashmir bastions, which are otherwise understood to be a stronghold of opposition Peoples Democratic Party, it has already entered into poll-mode with the hope to win majority seats in 2014 elections and “forge a grand alliance with Congress, come what may.” Days after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah made new inductions into the party in a bid to “infuse fresh lease of life into it”, the new team led by the former Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani-who was appointed as the NC’s Provincial President for Kashmir-have started the people-to-people contact from South Kashmir. The NC leaders held a series of rallies in Ananatnag (Islamabad), Shangus, Pulwama and other areas to “mobilize support for the party.” “We reached out to everybody including those who had distanced from the party-fold from South Kashmir,” Wani told Greater Kashmir. “The party is already into the poll mode and we are on the path of strengthening it on all fronts.” He said NC provincial committee has been restructured with the induction of ‘experienced’ people. “We have accommodated MS Akhoon as the senior vice-president while as the former Deputy Commissioner of Ganderbal Showket Mir has been given the charge of provincial secretary of the party,” Wani said. “Eight more inductions were made in the party’s provincial committee with a representation to Gujjars and Bakerwals as well.” Sources said Akhoon, the former NC MLA from Hazratbal constituency in Srinagar, was at loggerheads with the party after he was denied mandate during the 2008 Assembly elections. Similarly, the former NC MP Abdur Rashid Shaheen too has been accommodated in a ‘better way’, as senior vice-president for Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, besides the arena of Panchayat Affairs. Wani, however, denied that those inducted were the ‘annoyed faces’ but said “leaving experienced people out of the party-fold is not a good thinking.” “I am delighted to see seniors agreeing to work under me,” he said. Wani said time was ripe to form a new provincial committee which, he added, is the backbone of the party. “Every individual of the provincial committee has been assigned a separate task,” Wani said. He, however, admitted that South Kashmir was the “area of concern” for the party. “We have only one seat out of 16 in South in our kitty. We have managed to win back the confidence of the people of South to a great extent,” he said. “We hope to pocket maximum, if not all 16 seats in the 2014 polls.” Wani made it clear that even if NC manages to win the polls with majority in 2014, the party would still form a grand alliance with Congress. “We will form an alliance with Congress in 2014, whatever the results be. Winning majority won’t caste any shadow on forming an alliance with Congress,” he said. NC spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said the party has been witnessing a “sea change” at the structural level. “The party headquarters, Nawa-e-Subhah, is abuzz with activities. Leaders are in constant touch with people,” he said. He said the way mobilization of cadres is on, NC was “sure about wiping out the PDP from not just South but North Kashmir as well.” “We are going to revive the youth wing of NC very soon. Some prominent faces have joined the youth wing, which is a good omen for the party,” he added. Meanwhile, those who were inducted into the party’s new provincial committee include Abdur Rashid Shaheen, senior vice president, Syed Abdul Rashid, Vice President in-charge Anantnag- Kulgam-Pulwama- Shopian; Sheikh Abdul Rehman, Vice President In-charge Srinagar- Budgam- Ganderbal; Din Muhammad Cheetah, Organizer Gujjar Affairs; Raja Nasir Khan, Organizer Pahari Affairs; Muhammad Amin Khan, Organizer Workers- Employees Unions; Sajad Hussian, Organizer, Media and Publicity; Abdur Rashid Haroon, Jt. Secretary Public Relations; Gh Nabi Bhat, Joint Secretary Office Affairs. “We have clubbed experience, acumen, and potential together in the new committee,” said Sadiq.