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NC, Cong to contest 1 LC seat each
JAMMU, Nov 12: On anticipated lines, the Alliance Coordination Committee of Congress and National Conference today formally sealed the pact to jointly contest polls to four seats of Legislative Council under Panchayat quota.

The final announcement in this regard was made after much hyped Alliance Coordination Committee meeting held here today.

During the meet, the partners also decided to constitute an Election Coordination Committee, with six members from both Congress and National Conference, to ensure, what it was stated, “close coordination for the smooth and fair conduct of elections.”

The members of the Committee from National Conference will be Ali Mohammad Sagar, Surjit Singh Slathia, Sakeena Ittoo, Chowdhary Mohammed Ramzan, Ajay Sadhotra while from the Congress party the members will be Tara Chand, Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed, Sham Lal Sharma, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, G.A. Mir and Ravinder Sharma.

However, both the partners remained tight-lipped over the choice of their respective candidates amid the speculations about names doing rounds in both media and political circles.

The meeting of Alliance Coordination Committee, presided over by JKPCC president and Chairman of the Committee Prof Saifuddin Soz was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Rural Development & Panchayats, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammed Sagar, former Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram Sharma and MLA & Senior NC leader Chowdhary Mohammed Ramzan.

After Alliance coordination Committee meeting, the PCC president Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz, who is also the chairman of the panel, while talking to media said, “Both the parties will contest on two seats each. The parties will fight one seat each in Jammu and Kashmir regions.”

There are four seats lying vacant in the Legislative Council from the Panchayat quota, the polls for which are scheduled next month. Around 35000 Panches and Sarpanches form the Electoral College for election of the LC members, with each member having two votes.

Soz stated, “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, a Kashmir based local news agency, KNS quoting its sources stated that many other issues were also discussed in the meeting.

“The CC has also decided to pay a monthly honorarium to the panches and sarpanches across the state. Congress party proposed that the panchayat members should be paid an honorarium and the same was agreed to by the National Conference members,” the news agency stated quoting Prof Soz.

According to KNS report, the issue of security and empowerment of panchyat members was also discussed during the meeting. “Holding of BDC elections and incorporation of provisions of 73rd amendment of Indian constitutions were also discussed,” said the sources adding the issue of house panel for probing charges of land-grab against PHE Minister Taj Mohiuddin also came up for a brief discussion, the news agency reported quoting its sources.

According to KNS report, the state Congress has finalized a list of probable candidates for fielding in the upcoming election of two seats of Legislative Council - one each in Kashmir and Jammu.

“Congress has made a list of probable candidates and I’ll consult the high command in Delhi on November 14,” the agency reported quoting Soz.

KNS stated quoting its sources that the candidates in the Congress list included senior leader Ghulam Nabi Monga, Abdul Majeed Paddar, Mula Ram and Mangat Sharma, among which only two candidates would be given mandate to contest elections.

Meanwhile the official handout stated that the meeting deliberated upon various issues concerning the coalition.

“With regard to the elections of four seats to the Legislative Council, it was decided that the NC-INC shall field one candidate each from Jammu and Kashmir provinces. The coalition would organise the election in a manner that all four seats are bagged by NC-INC coalition. In this regard, an Election Coordination Committee of alliance partners, with six members from both Congress and National Conference, has been constituted to ensure close coordination for the smooth and fair conduct of elections.”
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News Updated at : Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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