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Mehbooba faces pressure to contest Anantnag-Rajouri LS seat
2/24/2024 10:48:07 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 24: Amid an ongoing tussle among constituents of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc in Jammu and Kashmir over seat sharing, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday asked party president Mehbooba Mufti to contest the election on the prestigious Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary constituency.
Leaders of the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri today called on Mehbooba Mufti at Jammu to discuss the prevailing political situation in the region. During the meeting, all leaders in voice urged the PDP president to contest elections on the newly carved Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat to ensure the defeat of the BJP in the coming elections.
Sources said the Mehbooba Mufti patiently listened to workers who were present in today’s meeting but she refused to give any assurance to them regarding her contesting the Lok Sabha election from Anantnag Parliamentary constituency.
Mehbooba Mufti told party leaders of Poonch
Leaders from Poonch and Rajouri urged Mehbooba Mufti to contest elections on the newly carved LS seat.
Mehbooba Mufti refused to give any assurance to them regarding her contesting the Lok Sabha election from Anantnag Parliamentary constituency.
Mehbooba told the leaders that she would discuss the proposal with others before taking final decision in this regard.
Mehbooba has won erstwhile Anantnag Parliamentary constituency twice.
nd Rajouri that she would discuss the proposal with senior leaders of the party before taking any final decision in this regard.
Mehbooba represents Anantnag constituency twice
The erstwhile Anantnag Parliamentary constituency which was comprised of only south Kashmir, was represented by Mehbooba Mufti twice.
In 2014 and 2004 Lok Sabha Mehbooba Mufti had won this prestigious seat as a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed- founder of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and father of Mehbooba Mufti, had won this Parliamentary seat in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections as a Congress candidate.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Mehbooba Mufti was the People’s Democratic Party candidate for this seat but she secured third position.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference candidate Hasnain Masoodi emerged victorious with 40180 votes while Congress candidate Ghulam Ahmed Mir was runner-up in this seat he got 33,504 votes while Mehbooba Mufti had got 30,424 votes.
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