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Ex-babus fail to garner votes in J&K
5/14/2019 1:10:29 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, May 13: The political parties may be a breeding ground for retired bureaucrats in Jammu and Kashmir, but these bureaucrats have failed to strike a chord with the people during elections.
Several officials after retirement joined the politics, but apparently not a single one has won the elections, placing a question mark on their overall stature among people.
In the past 15 years, several government officials after their retirement joined the politics. Those who entered into electoral fray were rejected by the people, while some prefer to take the easier route of the Upper House of the state legislature.
Take for instance, former divisional commissioner Mehboob Iqbal, who was the PDP's candidate from Bhadarweh assembly segment in 2014 polls but lost the elections.
He recently joined the National Conference.
IGP Crime, Raja Aiaz, after his retirement joined the PDP. He contested 2014 assembly elections from Uri constituency but lost to National Conference leader Mohammad Shafi Uri. Raja recently joined Sajad Lone-led Peoples Conference and was party's candidate for north Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency.
Former prominent trade union leader Mohammad Khurshid Alam joined the PDP in 2013. He unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly polls from Khanyar in downtown Srinagar. He was later elected member of Legislative Council.
Another former employees leader Muntazir Mohiuddin too contested the assembly polls unsuccessfully from Budgam on a PDP ticket.
Some former officials haven't joined the electoral fray but preferred to go to Legislative Council. Several bureaucrats including former chief secretaries- Vijay Bakaya and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool-, and Syed Asgar Hussain, Ghulam Qadir Pardesi, Naeem Akthar also took route of the Council.
In February this year, former trade union leader Abdul Qayoom Wani joined the PDP. He was party's candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency. Former IGP, Shafqat Watali and former Secretary Irrigation and Flood Control Farooq Ahmad Shah have joined the National Conference.
Muntazir Mohiuddin who lost the 2014 assembly polls was not ready to accept that people have rejected him.
"Win or loss is at the hands of Allah. But I lost the polls from Budgam constituency only by 700 votes. Actually I wanted to contest from Khan Sahab constituency but I was told by Mufti Sahab at the eleventh hour to contest from Budgam constituency. From this constituency the PDP had got 7000 votes in 2008 polls but I got 27,500 votes," he said.
He said that post retirement politics would be difficult for those government officials who have not worked on the ground over the years.
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