Junaid Azim Mattu who recently resigned as the Spokesperson of Peoples’ Conference, joined National Conference on Sunday at a function at NC Headquarters, Nawa-e-Subh in Srinagar along with his workers and supporters from Srinagar at the end of an a car rally that reached the NC Head Office amidst slogans and fanfare.
Mattu was welcomed at Nawa-e-Subh by National Conference additional General Secretary and MLA Hazratbal Dr. Mustafa Kamal, NC Provisional President and MLA Amira Kadal Nasir Aslam Wani, NC Provisional Vice President North Abdul Rashid Shaheen, District President Srinagar and MLA Zadibal, Peer Afaq Ahmad besides other laeders
Welcoming Mattu to National Conference, Dr. Mustafa Kamal said that Mattu’s grandfather, Ghulam Ahmad Ashai was one of the tallest founders of the party, a visionary educationist and a close associate of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
Speaking on the occasion, NC Provisional President and MLA Amira Kadal Nasir Sogami, while welcoming Mattu to NC said that Mattu would get all possible support from the party cadre and functionaries in serving the people of this State. Nasir said that Junaid was not a stranger in National Conference and had a sacred relationship of blood, history and sacrifices with the party.
Thanking NC leadership for the faith reposed in him, Mattu said that his joining comes in the view of both certain eye-opening realizations as well as certain clandestine developments that aim at fragmenting the State and polarizing it along religious lines.
Mattu said that Omar Abdullah was not only perhaps the only Statesman of contemporary Kashmiri politics but also a humble, perceptive leader who believed more in actions than in words.
Stating that he has deep historic roots in NC, Mattu said that Kashmir couldn’t afford to go forward in an era of proxy-ism and polarization without the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who has the same creed of political vision, acumen and stature that we saw in Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Junaid said that there was a need to re-introduce the dream of “Naya Kashmir” among the youth and acquaint them with our history of triumph of good over evil.
Mattu said that the achievements of Omar Abdullah’s government have been under-marketed and also said that Mufti’s unrealistic and nauseatingly complete investment in the art of marketing-gimmicks needs to be countered with the truth.
Pertinently in an interview with Kashmir Life few months back, Mattu responding to a question said that,” my grandfather was one of the founders of Muslim Conference. He was a senior of Sheikh Abdullah and kind of promoted Sheikh Abdullah who later hijacked the organisation and changed it to National Conference. My grandfather parted his ways from the party before 1976.
He had further said that, “Omar and I were good friends. I did not part ways with him because he did not settle me anywhere but we had ideological clash.”