Taj admits ‘vertical divide’ in Congress stronghold Uri

‘50 per cent NC voters cast their ballot in support of Beigh’

’33 prominent NC workers openly supported PDP candidate’

Srinagar: The Congress on Thursday admitted a ‘vertical divide in voter share’ in its stronghold Uri in North Kashmir that has gone in favour of opposition Peoples Democratic Party candidate Muzaffar Hussain Beigh.

Talking to KNS, Taj Mohiuddin, senior congress leader and minister for health and medical education said: “Yes there is a vertical divide in Uri. But it is the National Conference voter share that has got divided into two. 50 per cent of NC voters have exercised their franchise in support of Muzaffar Hussain Beigh because of his person and not because of PDP.”

Taj said that there is a severe resentment among National Conference cadres against Sajad Uri son of Mohammad Shafi Uri which according to the congress leader has resulted into division among NC voters. “Over 33 staunch NC leaders including former MLC Mohammad Aslam, two former block presidents Shafi Malik, Ali Akbar and many prominent people like

Khadim Hussain and Mohammad Aslam and their followers have supported Mr Beigh in these elections. They did not left NC but openly supported Beigh,” Taj revealed.

He however, confessed that many of the Congress workers have also supported PDP candidate but most of the Congress workers and supporters being party loyalists have remained intact on party decision. “Some of our Congress workers have voted against the party decision but that is an anti incumbency vote. By and large Congress workers have supported the coalition candidate and I am sure that we will give lead with a majority to the coalition candidate and that can be anytime verified. I have the list of voters and that can be checked at any point of time,” the Congress leader informed KNS. When asked about the reasons why the NC workers got divided, Taj said: “They were not happy with Mr Sajad whom we have seen on the forefront. Since people do not see Shafi Sahib active on the ground, I think that has infuriated NC cadres,” Taj opined.