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Omar loses Ganderbal, NC prepares to sit in Opposition

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Posted: Oct 10, 2002 at 0859 hrs IST

Even as chief ministerial candidate and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah lost his Ganderbal seat by over 2,000 votes to the PDP, a senior National Conference leader and MP Shaheen Siddiqui said on Thursday that the party should be prepared to sit in the Opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

"This is the day of the PDP and the Congress. NC has to see a newer role as an Opposition party. By looking at the trends which is beyond and below our expectations, the only role we have is to sit in the Opposition," Siddqui said.

On Omar Abdullah taking over as the party chief shortly before the elections, he said, "Presently it might look as a disadvantage but it will be an advantage in the long term".

In a candid statement he said party has to look at the reasons for the imminent collapse of the NC and find ways for revamp of the party. On reasons for the poor performance in the polls, he said it is due to sympathy for the smaller parties, anti-incumbency factor and governance. "We have been under absolute pressure for the last six years, our cadres have been threatened by militancy," he added.

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