|Panchayat LC seats’ polls|
|Political parties gear up for final round|
|SRINAGAR, Nov 13: The major|
political parties have geared up for
finalizing the names of the candidates
for the coming election for the four
seats of legislative council (LC) under
National Conference (NC) and
Congress have already announced
to contest the polls jointly. Both the
coalition coalition partners will contest
on two seats each. The parties
will fight one seat each in Kahmir
and Jammu regions.
PCC chief, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz
is shortly leaving for Delhi with a
list of possible candidates
for consultation with the Congress
high command . “I have arrived in
Srinagar and will leave for consultation
to Delhi after which we will
announce our candidates”, Soz told
a local news agency, KNS.
Gulam Nabi Monga and Abdul
Rashid Paddar are the two names
emerging from Kashmir, whileas
Mangat Ram Sharma and Mula Ram
are being considered for the Jammu
seat of the legislative council by Congress.
National Conference has also
shortlisted its probable candidates
for the LC polls. “Names of Showkat
Ahmad Ganai, Ali Mohammad Dar
and Ratan Lal Gupta are under active
consideration”, the sources told KNS.
Opposition PDP is also believed
to have zeroed in on some names for
contesting the elections. Saifuddin
Bhat, Pir Mohammad Hussain and
Ghu Mohiuddin Sofi are being said
to be major contenders .
However, PDP president Mehbooba
Mufti, who has left for Delhi
said: “Within next two or three days,
we will decide and announce the
names of candidates,” she said.
Meanwhile, PDF chairman and
former minister, Hakim Yasin said
names of candidates by the so called
3rd front will be decided in a meeting
scheduled for Wednesday.
The Panthers Party, according to
sources, has framed a 9 member
panel for finalizing the names of four
candidates to contest the LC polls.
“Prominent among them are
Muhammd Maqbool Malik, Dr Iqbal,
Masood Andrabi and Abdul Rashid
Ganie”, the sources said
Differences have surfaced in Panch
Sarpanch United Forum (PSUF) an
amalgam of different panchayat bodies
over the selection of candidates.
Haji Ghulam Nabi Mir, patron of
PSUF told Kashmir Times that they
would not contest the polls since there
was no consensus on the candidates.
However, some other leaders of
the forum stated that they gave a
final touch to their decision to contest
polls. The also announced announced
candidates. They claimed that the
expelled its chief patron for his opposition
to contesting of elections at
They said they held executive
meeting here and announced the
candidates after a joint consensus.
“ All the members of the executive
committee reached a consensus to
field Khursheed Ahmad Malik,
spokesman of the association and.
Ajaz Ahmad Mir, president of the
association for two seats of the valley.
wo covering candidates were also
nominated who include Adv. Ashiq
Hussain and Adv. G M Qureshi,”
said the sources.
They said the executive body also
formed a core committee and appointed
district presidents for all districts
of the valley. “The executive body
has also asked its members in Jammu to hold a meeting tomorrow and suggest the candidates to be fielded for two seats of Jammu province,” sources said.
Sources further added that the executive body also removed the chief patron of the committee, Ghulam Nabi Mir, from his position and expelled him from forum for his opposition to contesting elections at last stage.
When contacted chief spokes man of the forum,
Khursheed Malik, said that they will announce the names of the candidates in a press conference tomorrow. “Yes we have finalized the process with regard to nominations and other things and announcement in this regard will be made in a press conference tomorrow,” he said.
Confirming the removal of the chief patron of the forum, by the executive committee of the forum Malik said, “ We not only removed him from his position but also expelled him from the forum as he insisted that we should not contest elections without citing any reason. He was actually trying to play cards on the directions of some political party. After failing to convince him we passed a resolution and removed him from his position and expelled him from the forum as well,” Khursheed said.
He accused the political parties of trying to break up the forum for their interests.
“Some political parties do not want panches and sarpanches to field their own candidates. They are bentipon on breaking the forum to succeed in their intentions which we will not,” he said
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