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PC also enters the fray: 44 file nominations for 4 LC seats
NC-Cong coalition, PDP, Panthers field 4 candidates each
JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A total of 44 candidates, including those affiliated to different political formations and independent, today entered the electoral fray by filing nomination papers for elections to four vacant seats of the J&K Legislative Council under Panchayat quota.

While 28 candidates, including two covering candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), filed nomination papers from Jammu division, 16 candidates entered the election fray in Kashmir division before different Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers.

While the main political parties stuck to anticipated lines both in terms of their candidates as well as hype-n-hoopla associated with the nomination process, the most interesting development took place at Srinagar today i.e., the last day for filing nomination papers. Development was the decision of People’s Conference (PC) led by Sajjad Gani Lone to field its own candidate for one of the two LC seats under Panchayat quota and support another candidate from Anantnag.

From Kashmir division, 15 candidates filed their nomination papers before Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, who is the Returning Officer for conducting the elections for two seats of J&K Legislative Council from Kashmir constituency under Panchayat quota, while one candidate filed his nomination papers before Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla.

Prominent among the candidates who filed their nomination forms in Kashmir included Ghulam Nabi Monga of Congress, Ali Mohammad Dar of National Conference, Peer Mohammed Hussain and Yasir Reshi of PDP.

Eight independent candidates, two candidates of National Panthers Party and one candidate from BJP also filed their nominations.

The Panthers Party candidates, who filed their nominations in Kashmir division, included Dr Iqbal Wani and Maqbool Malik while Ashraf Ali of Leh filed nomination papers on behalf on BJP.

The People’s Conference fielded Mohammed Kamaal Malik from Budgam and also decided to support Khursheed Ahmed Malik from Anantnag.

Independent MLA from Langate constitutency of Kupwara, Abdul Rashid Engineer also fielded two Sarpanches Shabir Ahmed Rather and Nazir Ahmed War as candidates backed by him.

From Jammu division, as many as 27 candidates filed their nomination papers before Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Pradeep Gupta who is also Returning Officer for conducting the election for two seats of J&K Legislative Council from Jammu constituencies under Panchayat quota. However Congress candidate submitted his paper to the District Development Commissioner Doda in his chamber on Friday.

Among prominent members who filed their nominations from Jammu included a Sarpanch of Assar Sham Lal Bhagat as Congress nominee, National Conference candidate Shahnaz Ganai, Ved Mahajan and Gurmeet Singh Bajwa as PDP nominees, Col (Retd) Uttam Singh and Rachhpal Verma as BJP candidates, JKNPP candidates Anita Thakur and Mohammed Rafiq Chandel, a sarpanch from Udhampur.

The nomination forms will be scrutinized tomorrow i.e., November 17 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is November 19, up to 1500 hours. The poll is scheduled to be held on December 3.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India had earlier enforced Model Code of Conduct across the Jammu and Kashmir state. The EC has banned all official meetings of government functionaries and ministers with panches and Sarpanches. Transfers and attachments of staff enlisted for election duty has also been banned by EC.

IN KASHMIR: The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, led by Sajjad Gani Lone fielded Mohammad Kamaal Malik from Budgam and decided to support Khursheed Ahmed Malik from Anantnag with equal vigour, said the party spokesperson in a statement.

“Keeping with its spirit of empowering the grassroots, Peoples' Conference has chosen to support Khursheed Ahmed Malik who represents a credible Panchayat Representatives' Forum of Kashmir. Peoples' Conference believes in the non-partisan integrity of the Panchayat System and although PC did not interfere or take part in the Panchayat Elections, the party has a number of its workers and partymen elected as Panches and Sarpanches,” said the spokesperson of the party.

The party has asked the voters to do away with ‘old and hackneyed faces that have been long tried and tested and have failed to deliver.’

“The Panchayat System is an effective process of liberalization and decentralization of power which has traditionally remained concentrated and confined in elite, manipulative power-corridors. The party desires that the Legislative Council representation reflects such decentralization and empowerment,” the statement read.

The party Chairman, Sajad Lone felicitated Kamaal Malik and Khursheed Malik on the party's decision to support them and encouraged them to appeal to the grassroot level representatives to elect “agents of change and shun known faces of the status-quo.”

At Srinagar, BJP candidate Ashraf Ali submitted his nomination papers to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, at Srinagar in presence of state vice-president and Kashmir Prabhari Chander Prakash Ganga, Seh-Prabhari Dr. Ali Mohd. Mir, Kashmir BJP general secretary Altaf Thakur, North Kashmir president Mohammed Maqbool War, South Kashmir president Manzoor Kulgami, Central Kashmir president Ashraf Rishi, Central Kashmir vice-president Bashir Ahmed and BJYM Kashmir president Arif Raja.


IN JAMMU: Flanked by the Industries minister Surjeet Salathia, NC candidate Dr Shehnaz Ganie today filed her nominations before the returning officer Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pradeep Gupta in his official chamber.

Speaking to the media persons after filing her nomination, she said NC kept its promise in its manifesto during the 2008 polls and gave a woman representation in council polls.

Former MLC Ved Mahajan and Gurmeet Singh Bajwa (Sarpanch) filed their papers for two seats of Jammu province while Prabhakar Singh (Sarpanch) and Sukhdev Sharma (Sarpanch) also filed their papers as covering candidates for two seats of Jammu province.

PDP candidates were taken in a big procession from party headquarters at Gandhi Nagar to the office of the Divisional Commissioner Jammu where they filed their papers. Hundreds of party workers, shouting slogans, were gathered outside the House of Divisional Commissioner Jammu when PDP candidates were filing their nomination papers.

On the last day of the filing of nomination papers for the seats of MLCs today, the state unit of BJP fielded three candidates for the LC polls.

Col (Retd) Uttam Singh and Rashpal Verma submitted their separate nomination papers to Gupta in presence of state president Shamsher Singh Manhas and other prominent party leaders.

At Srinagar, BJP candidate Ashraf Ali submitted his nomination papers to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.

“We are for empowerment of the Panchayat Raj Institution in Jammu and Kashmir, where J&K government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah totally failed to empower panchayat in J&K,” Manhas later told reporters.

The party leaders Dr Nirmal Singh, Ashok Khajuria, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Kavinder Gupta, Sat Sharma (C.A.), Ramesh Arora, Lalit Moza, Sukhnandan Kumar, Sakina Bano, Rajinder Sharma and Vijay Kumar Sharma accompanied the party candidates.

Earlier, both the party candidates reached the Divisional Commissioner office in a large procession of party leaders, activists, supporters and friends, who garlanded both of them and were raising slogans of victory.

On the last day of the filing of nomination papers for the seats of MLCs, Indian National Congress candidate Sham Lal Bhagat, a Sarpanch of Kandi Nala Assar Doda submitted his paper to the Divisional Commissioner Doda.

He filed his papers in the presence of MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, MLA Bhaderwal Mohammad Sharief Niaz, MLA Doda Abdul Majid Wani, MLA Ramban Master Ashok Kumar, MLA Banihal Vikar Rasool Wani, MLA Chenani Krishan Chand, MLC Naresh Kumar, block president Chhatroo Haji Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, block president Drabshallah Mohammed Iqbal Keen, block president Thathri Iqbal Teli, president Sarpanch Association Gandoh block Muneer Ahmed, PCC Members Shameem Shah, Captain Jagdish, Balbinder Singh, vice president Doda Ravinder Kotwal, IYC president Doda Adil Rangrez, IYC president Inderwal Mohammad Latief Mughal besides others.

Earlier, Congress candidates reached the Divisional Commissioner office Doda in a large procession of party leaders, Sarpanches and supporters.

All six legislators from Chenab Valley appealed to all the Sarpanches and Panches to vote in favour of Congress candidate from Jammu region Sham Lal Bhagat.

Bhagat while addressing the gathering at Dak Bungalow thanked Union Health Minister and former Chief Minister J&K Ghulam Nabi Azad for nominating him for MLC post.
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News Updated at : Saturday, November 17, 2012
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