Day after the members of Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council (KAHDC) were administered oath, National conference councilors in KAHDC Monday stayed away in the crucial voting process, allowing the election of Congress leader Asgar Karbalyee as the chairman despite claiming that it (NC) had the majority.
“We had the majority but following the directions of the party high command we stayed away from the voting process,” Senior leader and political advisor Qamer Ali Akhoon told a local news agency, KNS, adding that there was no agreement between the two coalition partners of the regarding the voting rights of the four nominated members of the council. He said the voters of the party and the NC itself has offered a huge sacrifice for the sake of coalition government in the state but added that all eyed would be on the congress how it delivers.
“We accepted the party high command decision and allowed congress to form the council despite of having an absolute majority. We would now hope Congress to deliver according to the aspirations of the people of Kargil,” Akhoon added. He further said that even the people of the Kargil area would be keeping a close eye on the performance of the council. He however evaded a direct answer whether National conference would withdraw its support incase council did not perform as per the expectations of NC and its voters.
“Definitely people would keep a close eye on the performance of the council. Let’s wait and see how it performs,” said Akhoon.
Pertinently the relations between the two allies were affected after NC staked the claim to the council despite congress having already done the same.
The things had gone bad to worse when the NC councilors defied the party high command directives of allowing congress to form the council forcing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to end his close aids rural Development Minister Ali Mohamamd Sagar and NC Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani to Kargil for the damage control. However it was only in the coordination committee that the leaders of both the parties were able to break the deadlock which paved way for the Congress to head the council.