The son of the senior leader of the National Conference (NC), Rahim Rather, joined the People’s Conference (PC) of Sajad Lone on Saturday. This is the second known outing from the NC in the last five days.
“The PC has arrived. Let there be no illusions. There are many diviners who refuse to see reality as it exists and want to create reality as they want to see it. I want to tell these delusional folks that the PC has arrived and that it is going to win for the best interests of the folks at J&K, ”said Mr. Lone, who left the Gupkar alliance earlier this year, after Mr. Rather joined him.
Mr. Lone seemed supported by the decision of Mr. Rather, who is the son of the leader of the NC and former Minister of Finance Abdul Rahim Rather. Senior Rather is also close to NC President Farooq Abdullah. Junior Rather is facing a corruption case within the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ABC) over loans taken out with J&K Bank.
Mr. Lone called Mr. Rather “an enterprising, educated and capable young man who has the interests of the people of J&K at the heart of his policies.”
“Now is no time to be terrified of the harsh trials of the present day. Now is the time to stay forward-looking, firm and determined to pull Jammu and Kashmir out of the current cycle of uncertainty.” , did he declare.
Junior Rather said that the conflict had largely destroyed the youth of J&K. “My dream is to see the youth of J&K prosper in all the fields in which it is launched and to make it a pole of peace, tranquility and progress. When I decided to go into politics, I thought of no one other than Sajad Lone. He is a dynamic leader with a progressive vision, ”said Mr. Rather.
Earlier this week, NC Provincial President Devender Rana left NC and joined BJP.
It is for the first time since the reading down of article 370 in August 2019 that the NC is witnessing a political exodus. Previously, dozens of leaders left Mehbooba Mufti’s Democratic People’s Party (PDP) after August 5, 2019, and joined new political forces like Altaf Bukhari’s Apni Party.