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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

panchayat quota.

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

last stage.

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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News Updated at : Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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