NC, Cong Engaged In War Of Words After Defeat

17 May 2014
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: After their humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha elections, the coalition government partners, National Conference (NC) and Congress, have officially declared a war of words against each other. Today National Conference (NC) leader Nasir Aslam Wani claimed that alliance with Congress proved disastrous for his party. He criticised PCC chief Prof Saif-u-Din Soz for his remarks against NC and alleged that Soz tried to keep both NC and PDP in good humour during the campaigning in the state. PCC chief had yesterday squarely blamed National Conference for the loss. He had stated that there was surely a deep hatred against National Conference in Valley. 'Prof Soz's remarks are surprising. If so called hatred against NC is responsible for defeat of coalition candidates in Kashmir, what led to the decimation of Congress in rest of the country,' he asked, while stating that pre poll alliance with Congress was a 'step taken in haste'. 'It is regretful that we did not opt for contesting these elections separately,' NC leader said while informing that his party candidates did not get lead in any of the Congress strongholds in the Valley like Dooru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bandipora, Uri and even in Tangmarg areas. 'And also the Congress being part of coalition and all the major portfolios are held by the Congress ministers and if there is any lacunae in governance, Congress is equally responsible for that. Infact we were hit by their wrong policies more than they can blame us. We have fully supported coalition candidates in Jammu province which is evident by leads in areas where NC had substantial influence,' Nasir told a local news agency, KNS. He also alleged that not on a single occasion during the campaigning of Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Prof Soz spoke against PDP's anti people policies. 'Actually he (Prof Soz) tried to keep both the parties NC and PDP in good humor.' The NC provincial president Kashmir said that NC will go for serious deliberations to know the reasons behind its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in Valley and will try to find out why the people especially youth are reportedly angry with this party. 'We will try to see to it as to why the youth have not shown much enthusiasm this time to make our candidates win. We will also see why people have voted against us in these Lok Sabha elections,' Nasir said. NC leader said that chief minister Omar Abdullah will not step down and will complete his full term in office to fulfill all the pending developmental projects in the state.