Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) and Agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir Thursday while commenting over the elections held in Tangmarg during the just concluded Lok Sabha polls in North Kashmir on May 7 stated that it was difficult for him to transfer his votes in NC’s favor.
“It was as difficult for me to transfer the votes in NC’s favor as it is to get water from rocks,” Mir told KNS over phone. He added that during the past decade his supporters have always stood against the National Conference and that to make them to cast their vote for NC wasn’t ‘a cake walk for him’.
“Let me tell you that I worked really hard and made repeated pleas to the people to vote for the NC candidate but it is for the peoples to decide ultimately. I am still hopeful that we covered the ground at large,” said Mir.
He also maintained that it is wrong to state that all his supporters voted against Shareef-u-din Shariq, the coalition candidate for Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency. “There are a number of DPN supporters who voted for NC-Congress candidate. We have to understand that my people have always stood against NC during the polls in Tangmarg and we could have only appealed people to vote, we cannot hold them by their collar.”
Pertinently, Mir ahead of polls had said that he is the part of the coalition government and will always support any candidate of the alliance. “I will support Mr Shariq as he is the candidate of Congress-NC alliance. We have no second thoughts to it that we will emerge victorious.”
Dr Farooq at Baramulla while addressing workers had also sought forgiveness from Mir asking him not to keep any grudge against NC and support the party so that the ‘nation could be saved’. Shariq had also stated that the agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir was working hard to transfer his votes in NC’s favor. He had stated that Mir has been holding rallies in his constituency from the last so many days and trying to make NC win possible in North Kashmir.