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Asiya, Noor ditch Karra
11/22/2015 12:11:32 AM
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Srinagar, Nov 21: Veteran PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra might have supported his loyalists particularly, the two MLAs, his sister-in-law AsiyaNaqash and Noor Muhammad from time-to-time, but as of now, the duo seem all set to confront their godfather, who is believed to have introduced them to politics.
In a major setback to Karra, who is all fire against the PDP-BJP alliance, he has started losing support of his loyalists, who have suddenly reposed faith in other PDP leaders.
Sources said Karra's rigid stand of boycotting the rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on November 7 proved a turning point for his own camp.
Ahead of the event, Karra is understood to have called MLA Batamaloo, Noor Muhammad to his Shivpora residence here asking him not to attend the rally.
Karra, as per sources, held a similar meeting with Asiya, who represents Hazratbal and is also MoS Health, asking her to stay away from the Modi rally as it was the question of his prestige.
The MP, who represents Srinagar constituency in the Parliament, had given strict directions to the duo that no PDP cadres from Hazratbal and Batamaloo constituencies should attend the rally. "It's a question of my prestige, there needs to be boycott of the rally from these two constituencies which happen to be with my loyalists whom I treat as my family. By doing so you will be extending support to me in these testing times so that in can strengthen PDP as per my viewpoint," insiders privy to the meeting quoted Karra as having said.
But to his shock, the duo not only attended Modi's rally but took hundreds of party activists along. MLA Batamaloo alone is understood to have "herded around 1200 party workers to the rally".
This has left Karra embarrassed. Insiders said the MLA duo is tactfully avoiding him and don't even easily respond to his phone calls. Sources said both Asiya and Noor Mohammad have extended their loyalty to a "anti-Karra" coterie in the PDP, comprising of atleast three Cabinet ministers.
Sources said over the past few months, the coterie through their informers had been keeping a constant track of developments in Karra's camp and was looking for ways to weaken his position in the party. "They have finally made breakthrough by making Karra Sahib's loyalists behave rebellious," said a party leader.
Political analysts believe that Noor Mohammad, who had been a lower rung contractor in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, would have never even dreamt of becoming of MLA, had Karra not recommended his name from Batamallo.
This constituency has often been seen as Karra's stronghold and that PDP won this seat because of his popularity in the area. It is believed that last year Karra's wife was interested in getting mandate from Batamaloo. "But Karra Sahib avoided his wife as his sister-in-law Asiya had already been given mandate for Hazratbal and if two sisters from the same family would be given party tickets, it would look like a family drama," said a source privy to the development.
Since then Karra had often been hailed that he gave preference to Noor Mohammad "an outsider" over his wife only to strengthen the party face in Srinagar.
But finally, both Noor Mohammad Asiya have changed their loyalties. "This is politics," quipped a political analyst.
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