Senior All India Congress Committee leader and party candidate in recent assembly elections from Gurez Faqir Mohammad Khan Wednesday resigned from the basic membership of the party.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu Khan, who lost the assembly election with a close margin of 141 votes, criticised the functioning of Congress party. He alleged that “irresponsibility” of its leadership has forced him to resign from the basic membership of the party.
“I had joined the party to serve the people with best of my capabilities but now it seems that Congress has become irrelevant and its leadership insensitive to the ground situation”, he said.
“It was unfortunate that National Conference used all the government machinery to defeat me. The officials, including the BLOs, openly sided with the NC candidate. Despite repeated requests to my party leadership in this regard nothing was done and I finally lost the election by a closest margin”, he said adding that Congress has paid its prices across Jammu and Kashmir for its coalition with the National Conference, which is known for political manipulation.
“I personally believe that the loss to the Congress in JK was mainly because it became the partner to all the blunders and frauds committed by National Conference”, he said adding, “The party is again repeating the same blunder as it has now announced to join hands with the same party even after the election rout”.
He said that during the previous coalition government none of the Congress minister supported the party workers and leaders at the ground level. “Instead the NC leaders created a reign of terror and loot and Congress paid the prices for nothing”, he said.
Quoting an example he said that the land acquisition for the mini-Hydel power project at Gurez has become a gold mine for some blue eyed persons at the cost of common people. “Some influential people managed to get the compensation even for the state (Shamilat) land and those deserving were ignored”, he said.