Provincial President of the National Conference Devender Singh Rana is leaving no stone unturned while attacking the political opponents BJP and PDP in his political speeches on regular basis.
The heavy weight politician some times takes a dig at the alliance partners as well while boasting of winning maximum seats in the 2014 Assembly polls in the state on the basis of good governance delivered by the Omar Abdullah led alliance govt in the state.
At the same time the party leadership is facing a great dilemma as its leadership is struggling to find winnable candidates to contest assembly seats in Jammu due to the absence of popular leader in its ranks.
The party which is aspiring to improve its tally in Jammu division and dreaming of winning maximum assembly seats is labouring hard to win over the support of prominent leaders and turncoats from different parties. But till date they have not achieved much success. In the last two decades the party has failed to attract young talent in its fold and is now feeling the pinch.
Rana himself is working hard to expand the party base and drives his strength on the basis of free hand given to him by the party leadership and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
After becoming the provincial president he has been able to bring in new faces but the moot question remains how many of them are winnable candidates at the hustings and whether they would be given mandate by the party high command at the time of distribution of tickets.
His own brand of politics some times forces him to take tough positions on the basis of venue of the public meeting and on several occasions he lands himself in trouble.
When he is addressing a gathering of people in Nagrota Assembly constituency Rana is always at his best. He attacks his political rivals in chaste Dogri language and make desperate efforts to extract a committment from them to vote for National Conference in the coming polls and not to fall prey to the divisive politics of communal forces.
Rana is nurturing the constituency to be able to contest and win the mandate of the people. Whether he will be able to romp home safely largely depends on the rival candidates. Barring two other faces namely Ajay Sadhotra and Surjit Singh Slathia the party leadership may find it difficult to give tough competition to the key players in Jammu .
In Rajouri and Poonch areas, the party is on the back foot due to multi-corner contest with PDP and Congress on strong wicket too. The Doda and Kishtwar districts may add to the miseries of the National Conference in the aftermath of Kishtwar violence. Ironically, the lone Kishtwar MLA Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo is yet to visit Kishtwar after the August 9 incident of violence.
As the Assembly polls are approaching and the party is going in to the poll mode it may have to rework its strategy so as to attract resourceful leaders who can at least give tough competition to its political rivals.