October 2002 News

Forces responsible for our defeat will be exposed: Farooq

11 October 2002
The Hindu

SRINAGAR: Following the defeat of his National Conference, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, today tendered his resignation along with the members of his Cabinet. The Governor, G.C. Saxena, accepted the resignation and asked Dr. Abdullah to continue till his successor took over. At an emergency meeting of the Cabinet convened this morning, a one-line resolution was adopted on the resignation. All the Cabinet Ministers attended the meeting after they were flown from their areas early this morning. State helicopters were pressed into service to bring them. Later, Dr. Abdullah handed over the resignation to the Governor at the Raj Bhavan. The atmosphere at his residence was gloomy. Dr. Abdullah later wished the new government success saying that it should tackle the menace of terrorism. 'Now I would like to see what the new government will do.' Asked whether the National Conference would explore the options of forming the Government, he said 'the mandate of people has to be honoured and we will do that'. The outgoing Chief Minister said, 'I know who is responsible for our defeat. All these will stand exposed in the time to come'. He had no grudge against the Centre but repeated, 'I tell you who are responsible for the defeat and all those won't be spared. Mistakes were committed by people not by God, let us see what happens.' A meeting of the National Conference working committee has been convened on October 14 to discuss the election fallout. The National Conference's legislature party will also elect its new leader at the same meeting and the senior leader, Mohiuddin Shah, is likely to be the party leader in the Assembly. Jubilation at PDP hq. In contrast to the gloom at Dr. Abdullah's residence as also National Conference headquarters, the residence of the PDP chief, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, wore a festive look. Thousands thronged the Nowgam headquarters of the PDP from early morning to celebrate the victory of the party which is just three years old. Dancing and singing in praise of their heartthrob, Mehbooba Mufti, young men and women showered flower petals and sheereni (sweet balls) on her and Mr. Sayeed. As the winning candidates started reaching the PDP headquarters, the crowd swelled and the father-daughter duo even were debarred from giving media interviews though they have been the most accessible among politicians in Kashmir. Mehbooba waved to the crowd in jubilation and thanked the people for their gesture. 'I am happy we have an impressive victory but am concerned because it is a great responsibility,' she told The Hindu. The same was the case at the residence of the CPI(M) state secretary, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, who was reelected from the Kulgam segment along with Mohammad Khalil who won the Wachi seat in Pulwama district. Visitors made a beeline for his house. 'It is a verdict for change and all the secular parties should make efforts not to disappoint the people,' he said. He indicated that he would support the Congress-led coalition.


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