9 in fray for Srinagar seat

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 24: According to the Returning Officer, Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, all the nine candidates, whose nomination papers were found valid as per provisions of the People Representation Act 1951, are contesting the forthcoming by-elections for the seat, which is going to polls on April 9.
The candidate in the fray are Farooq Abdullah of National Conference, Nazir Ahmad Khan of People’s Democratic Party, Bikram Singh of Liberal Democratic Party, Chetan Sharma of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Sajad Reshi of Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (S) and Independent candidates Sajjad Hussain Beigh, Ghulam Hassan Dar, Farooq Ahmad Dar and Mehraj Khurshid Malik.
Meanwhile, on the last date of filing of nominations to Anantnag Parliamentary seat, two more nominations by Mohammad Yaseen Poswal and Sajjad Ahmed Dar, both Independent candidates were filed today in the office of the concerned Returning Officer.
With this, a total of 7 candidates have filed their nominations for Anantnag constituency. They include Tasaduq Hussain Mufti of People’s Democratic Party, Ghulam Ahmad Mir as a joint candidate of Congress and National Conference, Sanjay Kumar Dhar of Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (S), Ghulam Mohammad Wani of All J&K Kissan Mazdoor Party and Rakesh Koul as an Independent candidate.
Meanwhile, a meeting was today convened to review the by-election preparedness at DC office complex in Anantnag. The meeting was attended by all the AROs and Nodal Officers associated with the election process in Anantnag seat.
He directed the officers to ensure timely formulation of comprehensive election management plan for free, fair and smooth conduct of the forthcoming by-elections for the Anantnag Parliamentary seat.
The AROs were directed to report the basic minimum facilities requirement in the polling stations in order that these are made available in time.
It was given out that webcasting and videography shall be done in 10 percent of the polling stations.
The Nodal Officer SVEEP was directed to intensify the SVEEP campaigns to make the new voters aware of their voting rights. He was asked to furnish the SVEEP Plan underscoring the achievements registered against the target.
The AROs were asked to constitute Booth Awareness Groups by roping in concerned Tehsildars and were directed to set up model poling stations with added facilities.