Srinagar, Dec 22: Speculations are rife that rebel leader of ruling Peoples Democratic Party and former Finance Minister Tariq Hameed Kara would replace Ghulam Ahmed Mir as the new chief of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) but the Congress leaders in Jammu region are opposing the move.
Sources told Precious Kashmir that Mir’s term as JKPCC chief is about to end and party high command may not give him another term. “Congress party is planning a major reshuffle at the state level across the country and Jammu and Kashmir is also in the list,” they added.
Insiders revealed that new Congress chief Rahul Gandhi wants to revive the party in the states where it has performed well in the past. “Congress party believes that assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir would be held in 2019 along with the parliamentary elections and by then Congress should be prepared to take on the BJP in the state,” they said.
Insiders revealed the senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of the state Ghulam Nabi Azad is also supporting Karra. “He (Azad) has conveyed to the party high command that Karra is the best choice for the post of JKPCC Chief. Azad is eyeing to return to the state politics and there is every possibility about him being projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the Congress party,” they added.
Sources said that a few Jammu based Congress leaders are demanding that leader from the Jammu region should be made the new JKPCC chief as the party is stronger in Jammu region than the Valley. “Congress has always bagged more seats in Jammu region. What’s the fun of having a JKPCC chief from Kashmir when Congress is stronger in Jammu,” said a Congress leader.
A source revealed that a few Congress leaders from Jammu region are demanding that former Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma should be given a chance to head the Congress party in J&K.
Its in place to mention here that at the fag end of National Conference and Congress regime in 2014 Sharma had stirred the Hornet’s nest by demanding a Hindu Chief Minister for J&K.
A Congress leader said, “If we have to fight BJP in Jammu we will have to change our strategy. Many people in Jammu region believe that it’s a high time for them to have their own leader at place.
He said, “It won’t be easy for us to defeat BJP in the next parliamentary and assembly polls. We hope the Congress high command keeps all these things in mind before deciding who would be the next JKPCC Chief.”