After facing a complete rout in Lok Sabha elections, the National Conference is all set to go for a formal retrospection at party level and a series of meetings have been called in this regard.
Reliable sources in the party told KNS that the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah will chair a meeting of the party core group comprising of over 20 members including some special invitees at party headquarters. Pertinently, Dr Farooq who was in Delhi to attend the last union cabinet meeting is arriving in valley on Monday.
According to a senior NC leader, the core group is scheduled to deliberate on various important issues that have surfaced after the ‘unexpected’ results in juts concluded Lok Sabha elections. A senior NC leader said as to know what led to a humiliating defeat of all three NC candidates despite having a good network of its cadres across the Valley, on Tuesday the National Conference high command has called for a meeting of its state, provincial, district upto block level party office bearers besides its legislators and the candidates who in vain fought the Lok Sabha elections this year at Nawah-e-Subh complex.
The meeting will deliberate on the probable reasons behind the defeat of coalition candidates especially in Kashmir valley. “All the MLAs, MLCs, district presidents, block presidents, district secretaries and the candidates who lost the elections have been invited to attend the meeting,” a senior NC leader told KNS wishing not to be named.
He said that the meeting will deliberate on key issues from pre-poll alliance with its coalition partner Congress, cross voting, impact of national issues, Afzal Guru hanging, 2010 killings, local developmental issues and a wide disconnect with the youth.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah held a meeting with some of his cabinet colleagues and party MLAs tacking stock of over political situation in the state. A senior leader of the NC who participated in the meeting said that they deliberated on various issues saying that a comprehensive strategy will be chalked out to gear up before the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
Sources in the NC said that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has taken the defeat of NC candidate very seriously as according to sources the same can have a ripple effect in the upcoming assembly elections. “What the NC leadership is worried is that its own ministers have not performed well in their respective constituencies. This can have serious impact on the overall party performance in the upcoming assembly elections,” a senior leader in NC told KNS, pleading anonymity.
The latest Lok Sabha electoral statistics show that opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has bagged all three seats in Valley besides getting a considerable voter share in Jammu region has increased tally of its assembly segments from 19 to 39 this time.
What is worrying in these election commission figures is that out of the 20 assembly segments going in favour of PDP, its arch rival NC is losing 15 assembly segments including the most important five assembly segments in Srinagar city alone. Presently all the eight assembly segments in district Srinagar are represented by the National Conference in legislative assembly.