Cong Activists Want Party To Go It Alone In Polls, Says Soz

Cong Activists Want Party To Go It Alone In Polls, Says Soz

12 January 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: With the growing tension between coalition partners Congress and the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir becoming more and more evident, Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Saifuddin Soz today said elections should be fought as per the “aspirations of the people” and not the “party compulsions”. “Elections should be fought keeping in view the inclination of the (party) workers and not based on the compulsions of the party,” the JKPCC chief told reporters here. Soz, however, was quick to add that a final decision on forming any pre-poll alliance with any party would be taken by the Congress high command. The senior leader was replying to question over the emerging tension between the Congress and the NC and whether the decision of the high command would be forced upon the Congress workers. Earlier, Soz reiterated that party workers were in favour of contesting elections on its own. “I am in touch with every block and halqa president and will put forward the truth before the Congress high command during my visit to New Delhi tomorrow,” he said. “The party workers want to cast votes with freedom and do not want any sort of confrontation,” Soz said, adding that elections should take place in a “friendly” manner. Pertinently, senior Congress leader and Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad during his recent visit to the state too had pointed out that the party workers were not in favour of any pre-poll alliance. Regarding the difference between the NC and the Congress over the creation of new administrative units, Soz said: “A decision in this regard should not be implemented all of a sudden.” “It is an issue pertaining to the Cabinet and people should be satisfied with the decision taken by it,” he insisted. Meanwhile, on the issue of former Army chief General VK being summoned by the Legislative Council, Soz said: “The general has always been controversial and still is…I have not praised him but said he should have been given some respect…summoning him would (only) serve vicarious pleasure,” he added. The JKPCC had earlier reportedly said it was “undemocratic” to summon the former Army chief. Soz, though, maintained that summoning General (retired) VK Singh would serve no purpose. When asked whether he dreamt of becoming the Chief Minister of the state, the senior leader said: “I will do every job assigned to me. Everyone in politics has got ambitions…I have the desire and capacity.”