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SRINAGAR, Nov 19: The four legislative council seats under Panchayat quota are set for a multi- cornered contest as the political parties have intensified their efforts to woo Sarpanches and Panches to vote for their respective candidates.

The coalition partners, National Conference and Congress have directed their district and block presidents to intensify efforts at district levels to motivate independent and smaller parties Sarpanches and Panches to vote in support of their candidates.

The opposition parties like PDP and others have also increased efforts to persuade smaller parties to vote in support of their candidates. The National Conference – Congress have fielded Ali Mohammad Dar and Ghulam Nabi Monga from Kashmir province and Dr Shehnaz Ganai and Sham Lal Bhagat for Jammu seats.

To gain the support of coalition candidates, the top leaders of the two coalition parties Dr Farooq Abdullah and Prof Saif-ul-Din Soz and other senior leaders are busy these days in convening meetings with their party men for their support to their candidates.

The coalition leadership is optimistic that their candidates have brighter chances of winning the four legislative council seats. However, the coalition leaders are also realising that Panches and Sarpanches of smaller parties can play an important role in the elections.

The largest opposition Party PDP has also intensified its political activities to gain support for their candidates. The party has fielded Peer Mohammad Hussain and Yasir Reshi for the two valley seats. Similarly, the party has fielded Ved Mahajan, former MLC and Gurmeet Singh Bajwa, a Sarpanch from RS Pura tehsil and son of PDP’s former Rajya Sabha member Tarlok Singh Bajwa from Jammu.

The PDP leadership is saying that they holding consultation with smaller parties to gain support for its candidates. The party leadership Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Mehbooba Mufti and Muzaffar Hussain Beig has convened number of public meetings for the support of their candidates.

BJP, Panthers Party and other smaller parties have also fielded their candidates for the four council seats. These parties have also intensified efforts to woo the Panchayat representatives.

A total of 33,540 Sarpanches and Panches comprise Electoral College for four seats to the Legislative Council in December 3 election.

The 15,628 Sarpanches and Panches would vote for two candidates in Jammu division, similarly 17,912 Panchayat members would press the buttons of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Kashmir division for an equal number of candidates in two council seats in Kashmir.

A total of 44 candidates in two divisions of Jammu and Kashmir have filed nominations, 28 in Jammu division and 16 in Kashmir.
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News Updated at : Monday, November 19, 2012
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