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Azad afraid of ‘losing’
3/25/2024 12:14:45 AM

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Jammu, Mar 24: Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) fielding Ghulam Mohammad Saroori from Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency has raised many questions.
Congress leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday stated that the decision of the DPAP to field former minister
G M Saroori instead of founder Ghulam Nabi Azad from Udhampur constituency shows that the party is not fighting to win but to cut the votes of the opposition.
“Instead of Saroori DPAP chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad should have contested from Udhampur. It would have made the contest interesting and tough,” said an observer. “It appears that Azad does not want to take a popularity test and is afraid of losing,” he added.
He said, “Had Azad joined the fray it would have thrown open the contest. But it appears that Lal Singh’s assertion about DPAP has fielded Saroori to cut opposition votes is correct.”
Udhampur parliamentary constituency is going to polls in the first phase on April 19 and so far five candidates, including union minister and DPAP vice chairman and former minister Saroori have filed their nominations. Lal Singh is filing his nomination papers in the next couple of days.
Lal Singh had won the Udhampur seat twice on Congress tickets in 2004 and 2009, besides being a three-time former MLA. He switched from the grand old party to the BJP in 2014 and was also a minister in the previous PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir that collapsed in June 2018 after the national party pulled out of the alliance.
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