Congress Paid Price For Public Anger Against NC: Soz

7 June 2014
Rising Kashmir
Javid Ahmad

Srinagar: State Congress chief, Saifuddin Soz Saturday said the main reason for defeat of coalition candidates in the Lok Sabha elections was the public anger against National Conference. 'People were unhappy with National Conference,' Soz said while referring to the recent poll debacle of the coalition partners. He was talking to reporters at Dak Bunglow here after addressing a party youth convention. Ruling out that there was a wave in favour of Peoples Democratic Party in the valley, Soz attributed the defeat of NC-Congress candidates to lack of good governance and alienation of youth. 'There was no PDP wave but alienation among youth who were ignored by the coalition government was the major reason behind the loss. The young generation is fed up with the political set up,' he said and added that his party will try to address the problems pertaining to youth so that they don't feel alienated. Salman Anees Soz, spokesperson of All India Congress Committee, also addressed the convention. Others present on the occasion included Shoib Nabi Lone, Sheikh Amir, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Altaf Malik, Mir Iqbal, Junaid Ahmad and other youth Congress members. Some of the demands highlighted during the convention included: 'PCC should take notice of the fact that the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes including NAREGA, UMEED, UDAAN etc in J&K was faulty and the benefits did not reach the common man.' 'Corruption had become a practice in all public institutions which had caused great frustration in the minds of the youth.' The Congress convention said there was an urgent need that J&K government should offer an employment package to solve the growing problem of unemployment. 'J&K government should approach the Central government for proper implementation of Prime Minister's Special Scholar Scheme for the state. It should also be noted that in the absence of the scholarship many students were returning home with frustration.' The party convention observed that there should be effective liaison with the youth so that Congress can serve the interests of the people better. Soz said the demands of the youth would be taken seriously. He also announced that two control rooms will be set up both at Srinagar and Jammu, by June 15 and effective contact would be established with the youth'. 'The telephone Nos of the control rooms would be conveyed and they would remain open from 9 to AM to 8 PM.' Later Soz met senior party leaders of Baramulla constituency. He was accompanied by Ghulam Nabi Monga MLC, Vice President JK PCC, Mir Mushtaq Nowsherry District President Baramulla, G. M. Sherwani, District General Secretary, Bashir Ahmad Shah Organizing Secretary JKPCC, Ghulam Hassan Rather Secretary JKPCC and Block Presidents Abdul Hamid Dar, Muhammad Sultan Wani, Bashir A Shiekh and others.