NC's Misgovernance Led To Party's Debacle In LS Polls: Cong Leaders

9 August 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Dinesh Manhotra

Jammu: Nearly three months after the worst-ever defeat of the party in the Parliamentary elections, the Congress today publicly admitted that misgovernance and misdeeds of the National Conference were responsible for the debacle of the party in the recently held Lok Sabha polls. The Congress had lost all the three seats which the party had contested in the state as per the seat-sharing agreement with the National Conference. Even the party's stalwart and former Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had lost from the Udhampur-Doda seat. Although All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in charge J&K Congress Ambika Soni avoided putting direct blame on the National Conference (NC), Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Saifuddin Soz bluntly admitted that the Congress suffered due to people's anger against the NC. 'I realised that there was strong anger against the NC in the whole state, in general, and the Kashmir valley, in particular. This anger was responsible for the debacle of the party,' Soz candidly admitted. He especially mentioned that in the Kashmir valley the Congress failed to transfer its votes to the coalition partner because people were enraged with the NC and misgovernance was one of the elements in it. Ambika Soni, on other hand, indirectly admitted that the failure of the coalition partner to implement programmes and policies of the Congress was the main reason for the worst-ever debacle of the party in Parliamentary elections. 'For nearly five and half years we have been running a coalition government with the National Conference', she said and admitted that after monitoring functioning of this government they realised that the regime had failed to fulfil its promises. In an obvious reference towards the NC for not giving importance to the agenda of the Congress, Soni said, 'We have joined the coalition government on the basis of certain programmes and our manifesto, but ultimately after monitoring some of these programmes we realised that we failed to fulfil promises to a larger extent.' 'It was on the basis of this monitoring that I had announced some days back not to form an alliance with the National Conference in the coming Assembly elections', she said. When her attention was drawn towards allegation of corruption on Congress ministers, the AICC general secretary made it clear that the party would take serious a note of such allegations. 'Any persons found involved in corruption would not be given ticket in the coming Assembly elections,' she said.