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NC-Cong to field G A Mir jointly South Kashmir LA seat
3/15/2019 10:59:44 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmed
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Mar 15: For the highly sensitive Lok Sabha seat of restive South Kashmir which is going to polls in three phases, the National Conference and Congress is likely to announce JKPCC state head Ghulam Ahmed Mir as joint candidate.
Sources told early times that though the final decision on entering into a pre-poll alliance is yet to be finalized by the NC and Congress leadership, but the ground-work has been done and the call will be taken shortly.
The NC delegation sources said, recently visited Delhi to meeting Congress top gun Ghulam Nabi Azad to discuss the pre-poll alliance for at least south Kashmir Lok Sabha seat.
"The discussion was taken to final conclusion with both the parties agreeing on fielding Mir for South Kashmir seat," a senior NC leader, who was part of parleys, told early times.
He said that there were talks whether Congress can field Taj Mohiudin from north Kashmir as a joint NC-Congress candidate, but the decision was kept on a hold as NC has zeroed in on former Assembly Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone as its Parliamentary candidate for Baramulla-Kupwara seat.
"The deliberations are on for north Kashmir seat between the two parties and final decision will be announced soon," a Congress leader said.
As far as South Kashmir seat, sources said that the congress party has nominated G A Mir for the seat.
Sources said that from the PDP side, Mehbooba Mufti would join the fray against Mir. In 2014 parliamentary polls, Mehbooba bagged the seat but after facing a tough fight from the Congress candidate Hilal Ahmed Shah, who lost with a very thin margin. Shah may get mandate for Assembly polls from Anantnag seat.
The South Kashmir was considered bastion of PDP as most of the former legislators of the party belonged to south Kashmir districts out of its total strengthen of legislators that was 28.
However, party recently suffered a dent as majority of its prominent faces quit it citing "one-man rule in the party." Those who left include Imran Raza Ansari, Abid Ansari, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Peer Hussain and last but not the least, Haseeb Drabu.
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