First PAGD list in Kashmir: major chunk goes to NC

Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar, Nov 12: At least 27 candidates from the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) today filed their nomination papers for the forthcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls, slated to be held from November 28.
The PAGD fielded 27 candidates for the first phase of the polls. The candidates in the fray in phase-I belong to three political parties including National Conference (NC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Conference (PC).
According to the list, 21 candidates belonged to National Conference while four are from People’s Democratic Party with two of the Peoples Conference (PC).
The NC will field candidates from Rohama, Tangmarg, DH Pora, Sangam, Pahalgam, Tanghdar, Khan Sahib, Gurez, Tulail, Sumbal, Harwan 1, Harwan 2, Harwan 3, Harwan 4, Harwan 5, Harwan 6, Khanmoh-1, Dhara, Kellar-1, Gund-1 and Gund-2, PDP from Kunzar, Larnoo, Kalaroos and Kellar-2, and PC from Rafiabad and Kralpora,
Meanwhile, PAGD spokesman and PC chairman, Sajad Gani Lone in a tweet said that all the candidates approved by the Alliance have filed their nomination papers.
“PAGD candidates approved for the first phase have already filed their papers. List was conveyed to the parties. I am tweeting this in response to some media reports of the list not having been issued yet,” Lone tweeted.
Pertinently, PAGD, an amalgam of top mainstream leaders unanimously decided to contest the upcoming polls in Jammu and Kashmir unitedly.
The maiden DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be conducted in eight phases from November 28 while the counting will take place on December 22.
The alliance, however, did not reveal the names of the candidates contesting the first phase of the polls.
A PAGD leader said given the paucity of time, the names of the candidates could not be shared.
“We all had to work at a breakneck speed. We will update the names of the candidates later because they were busy with the filing of nominations today,” he said.