SRINAGAR: The ruling National Conference party’s senior leaders will meet with district and block presidents on Tuesday to analyse the party’s pathetic show in the recently concluded parliamentary polls, while senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad admitted that the mandate in J&K and the country was clearly against the Congress.
The NC will hold a meeting with party ministers, MLAs, MLCs, senior leaders, district presidents and 90 block presidents at the party headquarters in Srinagar on Tuesday.
“The meeting will be chaired by NC president Farooq Abdullah, who lost the election from the high-profile Srinagar parliamentary constituency to PDP’s Tariq Karra. Farooq had returned from New Delhi on Monday and will be chairing the meeting. J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also NC’s working president, will also attend the meeting,” a party source said.
He said, “We will analyse reasons that led to the party’s debacle in the Valley, especially the defeat of party president Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar seat, which has remained our traditional stronghold. The NC’s alliance with the Congress for the LS polls, cross-voting, developmental issues and anger among the youth will be discussed.”
Meanwhile, Congress leader and former Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad said the verdict of people in a democratic exercise is supreme and has to be accorded all respect. “The verdict is expressly against the Congress, be it J&K or the country as a whole. Instead of being cynical and despondent, we need to introspect and analyse the reasons for losing,” he said.