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G A Mir’s resignation as president JKPCC likely to trigger leadership battle in party

Post by on Friday, July 8, 2022

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Srinagar, July 07: A day after JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir tendered resignation offer to central high command, cracks have started to surface within the party with majority of workers decided to give resignations en masse if new president is appointed.
 
The Rising Kashmir has learnt through reliable sources that several party leaders and workers have decided to support the incumbent president and will “revolt” in case the party high command will appoint any new face.
 
The sources said several former MLAs besides senior workers in the party have decided to quit the party if new president is appointed. They said the grassroots level workers of the party are extremely annoyed with the actions of few seniors who recommended “unwanted” faces for the presidentship post.
 
“We are surprised over the actions of few party leaders who didn’t consult with us about the future of the party at J&K level. Who have given them authority to recommend disliked faces for presidentship?,” an insider wishing not to be named told Rising Kashmir.
 
He said some party leaders have recommended most junior leaders for the president-ship post who are unacceptable to the majority. 
 
“These party men should have forwarded a list of people who have worked hard to strengthen the party at grassroots level instead of those living in the AC fitted rooms,” the insider said.
 
He said a big chunk of workers including former MLAs are ready to resign if central high command will not respect the aspirations of workers.
 
“This should have been done with due consultations with those party leaders and workers who worked tirelessly during turmoil years. Those who even didn’t move from their cosy rooms cannot decide the fate of Congress at local level. The UT is heading towards election and this move could be precarious at this juncture for the survival of the party,”the party source said.
 
AijazChowdhary, National Secretary and In-Charge, Himachal Pradesh while speaking to Rising Kashmir said, “There are chances few leaders may have expressed their support to Mir sahib, however, there is unanimous consensus that a die-hard and able worker should be appointed as JKPCC President”.
 
“Party leadership will take a final call on it. Mir sahib’s period is over,” he added.
 
To a query, he said we heard few names from Jammu region and Kashmir valley have been recommended which include Raman Bhalla, Tariq Hameed Karra, VikarRasool and GM Saroori for the president post.
 
Viqar Rasool, another senior member of the party, while speaking to Rising Kashmir from New Delhi refuted the reports of fissures within the party. “All party men are waiting for the decision of high command. Whatever will come to fore will be respected and abided by,” he said.
 
If I will be directed to contest polls from Banihal, I will abide by the decision with my eyes closed, he said.
 
When asked if party high command retains G A Mir as a president, he said if he will be given another chance then we will see what to do.
 
“There is a decision that a member will hold president-ship for five years only. Mir sahib has already crossed the limit. If he will be given further chance, then we will see what to do,” he maintained.
 
The JKPCC President, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has offered his resignation to party high command on Tuesday late night after remained president of JKPCC for eight years.

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