Veteran National Conference leader and former Lok Sabha MP Mehboob Beg on Sunday quit National Conference and extended unconditional support to his rival PDP.
Beg, son of National Conference stalwart Mirza Afzal Beg, announced his decision to quit the party at a workers meet at his residence at Sarnal in Anantnag district.
He also turned down the NC mandate given to him to contest the elections from Anantnag assembly segment, which is going to polls in the fourth phase of elections on the 14th of next month. Beg, however, said he will not be joining the PDP.
Giving reasons for his quitting the ruling party, Beg said he was never taken into confidence by the party leadership and his suggestions on organisational matters and development works in Anantnag were ignored.
Lashing out at National Conference ministers in the state government, Beg, who was a state health minister in Farooq Abdullah-led Government, alleged that they were worried only about their own constituencies.