Srinagar: Peoples Conference General Secretary Imran Reza Ansari on Tuesday said that senior leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Baig never joined the Peoples Conference and was not a member of the party.
Ansari said that Baig is not a member of the party, there may be some confusion but no he never joined the party.
He said that though Sajad Lone visited Baig’s residence, he went only after being sure and being convinced that Baig wanted him to visit his residence and was looking forward to welcoming him. “Politics was discussed there and he was very thankful to PC for getting Safina elected as DDC chairperson,” Ansari said.
He said that PC helped Safina to become the DDC Chairperson. “We were the single largest party in Baramulla with 3 members while no other party had more than 2 members. Even though we had aspirations within our camp for the post of chairmanship, but she came to me and requested that we support her. We did not support her on any conditions otherwise she was a single member, how could she have become the chairperson. We felt she deserved a chance and was a good candidate,” he said.
On being asked if Baig is not a member of the party, why he accompanied Sajad Lone to participate in the All-Party Meeting, because Baig expressed a desire to go to the meeting with Sajad and requested if Sajad can take him along to the meeting.
“But at no point did we have any remotest idea about what he is going to speak inside and neither did he had any idea about what we were going to speak inside.”
He said that Baig himself has made it clear that he doesn’t belong to any party. “We share a personal relationship with them. But we have nothing in common with them politically. Nothing at all,” Ansari said.