Openly raising banner of revolt against the functioning of the working president of National Conference another senior leader and party MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Wednesday quit from the primary membership of the party ahead of the first round of polling.
Retired as former Chief secretary Sheikh was often credited for ensuing thumping victory of Omar in 2008 Assembly polls after witnessing poll debacle in 2002 from Ganderbal at the hands of PDP candidate.
Rasools’ decision to dump the National Conference on the eve of the polls is likely to bolster claims of the opposition party and would provide them with the ammunition to target the top brass of the party with lethal barbs during the electioneering.
In his resignation letter addressed to the party working President MLC Shiekh Ghulam Rasool stated “As the party affairs in Ganderbal have deteriorated and people alienated, I could not accept the party mandate to contest election in Ganderbal offered by Dr Farooq (Abdullah) and you through senior party leaders a few days back,”
Rasool, was publicly credited for Omar’s grand victory in 2008 assembly elections from Ganderbal.
“I had the privilege to be what you described as ‘architect of your success in Ganderbal in 2008 with landslide majority as against the humiliating defeat of 2002.
“During your stewardship of the past six years, I again did not get occasion even of consultative nature either in state affairs or in Ganderbal matters — organisational or administrative,” he wrote.
Rasool said these factors and the overall situation in the party were the reasons for his resignation.
“Keeping in view these factors and overall situation of the party, I am of the considered opinion that it is time for me to dissociate myself completely from the party and accordingly I resign from the primary membership of the party and as a member of the central working committee,” he added.