I am yet to become PDP man, says Mehboob Beg

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Dr Mehboob Beg, the former parliament member from South Kashmir and son of National Conference (NC) stalwart, Mirza Afzal Beg, Friday claimed he hasn’t formally joined Peoples’ Democratic Party yet.

“I supported PDP and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed during the ongoing state elections. I had said at that time also that only Mufti Sahib would counter the saffron party’s wave in the state. My reason for supporting PDP was simple- NC has undermined all its principles on which the party was founded by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah,” Beg told KNS, adding that the chief minister Omar Abdullah dashed the hopes that his party had about him.

“I have not joined PDP. I only supported it. I supported them at Islamabad, Kulgam and various other areas. I will continue this support whenever it is needed,” Beg who decided to withdraw his candidature for 2014 Assembly elections from Islamabad constituency and instead campaign for the PDP patron, said on Friday.

Beg alleged Omar Abdullah could not deliver on ground despite having full support of UPA for six years.  “Please tell me where this happens in the coalition government that your partner provides financial as well as the political support for six years continuously,” he asked.

The former NC MP added that if the six years of Omar Abdullah and three years of the PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed are compared, “the PDP’s brief tenure has more weight.”

Claiming that PDP will form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, Beg said, “The resentment against the National Conference made people to vote against this party. Who was expecting Farooq Abdullah to lose during parliament polls but he did. What measures did the NC take after witnessing its white wash? Nothing. People had an appropriate time to vote this party out and they have done it,” 65-year-old Beg said.

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