Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, the cousin brother of party president Farooq Abdullah, is the oldest member of the Abdullah family and is not keeping good health for sometime. The party's poor performance in the Lok sabha polls quickened the replacement of Nazir with Ali Mohammad Sagar as party's general secretary.
The decision in this effect was taken on Monday during the party's core group meeting which was presided over by Farooq Abdullah. Importantly, it is for the first time that any party leader outside the Abdullah family has been appointed as National Conference general secretary. Nazir enjoyed the party post for decades.
"The party is on the way to organizational restructuring and the move is aimed to give a new and energetic face to the party so that it can overcome the losses suffered during recently held Lok Sabha polls," party sources told Kashmir Life.
Interestingly, the party's core group met more than six times since it witnessed a complete rout in the LS polls.
"The party is doing all possible efforts to gain new spirit before the state assembly polls, they said.
Party insiders revealed that party president Farooq Abdullah after a series of deliberations with his chief minister son Omar Abdullah is in the process of restructuring the party ahead of assembly polls scheduled at the end of this year.