Farooq To Stay In J&K, Lead Party In Next Polls
22 July 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Former Chief Minister and National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah today said he had turned down 'offers' for a nomination to the Vice President's post because of his commitment to lead his party in the next Assembly polls in the State and his endeavour to work for welfare of the people. Dr Abdullah, whose National Conference voted for UPA-Left nominee Pratibha Patil in the Presidential elections, termed the media reports which suggested he approached the ruling UPA-Left alliance at Centre for a nomination to the Vice President's post as 'baseless, mischievous, misleading, factually incorrect and politically motivated'. 'On the contrary, I was approached by some important people of the country from various political parties to know my mind on such a proposal but I politely declined such offers in view of my commitment and stated position to stay in politics in the State, actively campaign and contest in the State's next Assembly elections and work for welfare of the people,' the National Conference leader said in a statement. He also denied that he or any of his family members had approached anybody for his nomination to the post. Dr Abdullah said the reports were a manifestation of those who 'are badly shaken' by his public resolve announced last year to lead the National Conference in the next Assembly elections. 'I am and shall remain in the State politics and serve the people of the State and the National Conference within the State of Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. Referring to the party's decision to vote for Pratibha Patil, Abdullah said it was the unanimous decision of the party working committee chaired by the party president and his son Omar Abdullah and was taken with the 'sole objective of strengthening the secular forces in the country'. Referring to the move to vote for Patil, Dr Abdullah said it was the unanimous decision of the party Working Committee chaired by NC president Omar Abdullah. The decision was taken with the objective of strengthening secular forces and secular fabric in the country where all can live in peace and harmony and not to please anyone, he added. He said these reports were manifestation of those, badly shaken by his public resolve announced last week to lead the NC in the next Assembly elections in the State. Dr Abdullah said such reports were being planted by some 'frustrated' elements in some newspapers closely linked to ideologies of certain political groups within the State. These elements have failed the people of the State badly and see a miserable defeat for themselves in the coming elections, he added. The former Chief Minister deplored such mischievous attempts by some vested interests to unnecessarily create confusion in the minds of the people of the State. The former Chief Minister was apparently referring to a report in a Jammu-based english daily, which mentioned that he was swayed by his son-in-law Sachin Pilot to dump the third front and support UPA Presidential candidate Pratbiha Patil in the July 10 polls. The report further said Mr Pilot had in return promised Dr Abdullah that he would persuade UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to nominate the NC leader to the post of Vice President of India. The former Chief Minister advised the ruling political elite in the State to work for betterment of the people and address grievances of the poor, downtrodden, backward and unemployed rather than indulging in politics of intrigue and malicious propaganda. 'Such petty political machinations based on malicious lies are the traits of some politicians and their politics thrives on such acts. These politicians in the past have been responsible for the stifling of democracy in the State by spreading false canards in a bid to either gain power or stay in power as they are doing now,' he said. He added that such petty politicking would not work and these politicians stood exposed before the people whose verdict in the coming Assembly elections will give a befitting reply to them. The NC patron said he would stay put in the State and continue to work for welfare of the people of the State.