NC leader quits party to join street protests


Srinagar, August 1: National Conference (NC) leader Iftikhar Hussain Misgar, who fought the recent by-elections against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, quit his party on Sunday to join the ongoing protests.

He announced his decision in Anantnag town in the evening and joined a street protest shouting pro-freedom slogans.

Misgar, who had lost to Mehbooba Mufti in the April bypoll, had also fought and lost the 2014 assembly elections against her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, in 2014 from the same constituency.

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This is the first instance of a senior politician resigning from politics to join the wave of unrest in a long time. Iftikhar Hussain Misgar on Sunday evening publicly announced to resign from his party and mainstream politics and join “freedom struggle”.

“I quit NC and mainstream politics. I promise my support to the ongoing freedom struggle,” said Misgar addressing a gathering near his home in Cheeni Chowk area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

“I apologize to the people that I was a part of the mainstream politics so far,” he added. His pronouncement was acknowledged with cheers and pro-freedom and anti-India slogans by the crowd.

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Amid the cheers and sloganeering, Misgar himself also chanted anti-India slogans, “Bharat Ka Jo Yaar Hai Gaddar Hai Gaddar Hai (The friend of India is traitor), “Hum Leke Rahenge Azadi” (We will get freedom), “Bharat Ke Aiwanon Ko Aag Laga Do (Lets set afire the Indian constitution”.

Misgar also claimed that he had already given up his security and that by late evening, he would write to the authorities to withdraw my security. “My security is my people,’ Misgar added.

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