Ghulam Nabi Azad to contest from Anantnag-Rajouri announces DPAP

Wajahat Shabir. Updated: 4/3/2024 12:10:34 AM Front Page

SRIANAGAR: The Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) on Tuesday announced its President Ghulam Nabi Azad, as a candidate for Lok Sabha polls on the Anantnag-Rajouri seat.
DPAP leader Taj Mohiuddin informed this during a press conference here in Srinagar.
Mohiuddin said that there had been several meetings that the party held and today the core committee of DPAP met and it was unanimously decided Ghulam Nabi Azad will contest the Anantnag-Rajouri seat.
Adding that he said the meeting was held in Rajouri, Poonch and Anantnag and taking voters into consideration. We went forward and made the decision.
This will be the first Lok Sabha election for Azad after he lost from Udhampur constituency in 2014 to BJP leader Jitendra Singh.
This will be the first Lok Sabha election for Azad after he lost from Udhampur constituency in 2014 to BJP leader Jitendra Singh.
Azad was elected to Lok Sabha twice - in 1980 and 1984 - from the Washim constituency in Maharashtra. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1990 till 2006. He became J-K chief minister during the 2006-08 period. He was again elected to the Upper House in 2009 and was its member till February 2021.
Azad entering the fray has raised the profile of the newly carved out Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency and a multi-cornered contest is expected.
The 75-year-old veteran politician will face Mian Altaf Ahmad of the National Conference, who holds considerable influence in the Gujjar and Pahari population on either side of the Pir Panjal Range in Jammu and Kashmir.
The BJP and the PDP have not named their respective candidates yet, but are expected to do it in due course.
On the possibility of an alliance with the Apni Party of Altaf Bukhari, Mohiuddin said no progress has been made on that front.
"We are short of time and there was not much headway in talks. So it is better they do their bit and we do ours. They were not in any case interested in Anantnag seat," he added.
Mohiuddin said candidates for other Lok Sabha Seats in Kashmir will be decided in due course.
The Anantnag constituency, which spreads across the Pir Panjal range to include Rajouri and Poonch areas after delimitation, will go to polls on May 7 in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections.
The notification will be issued on April 12 while April 19 will be the last date for filing nominations. The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be April 22.
As anticipation mounts, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) have kept the public guessing about their contenders for the prestigious seat. Rumours swirl particularly around the BJP's consideration of a Muslim candidate, adding intrigue to the political landscape. Meanwhile, the PDP, a key member of the India alliance alongside the NC, maintains a veil of secrecy regarding its electoral tactics.

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