Srinagar: Opposition People’s Democratic Party on Monday said it had finalised the list of candidates for upcoming Assembly polls in the state and would declare their names shortly.
The PDP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) met under the chairmanship of party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and discussed the electoral strategy for the Assembly elections scheduled later this year, a PDP spokesman said.
It also finalised the list of party candidates for the polls and their names would be released shortly, he said.
The meeting was attended among others by three party MPs—PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Tariq Hameed Karra.
It reviewed the political situation in the state in the light of results of the Lok Sabha polls and discussed the names of party candidates considering different parameters, the spokesman said.
Addressing the meeting, Mufti asked party leaders to continue with their mass contact programme and organisational activities to seek a decisive mandate from the people for a strong and accountable government in the state.
“There are strong indicators that the PDP is headed for a win in the Assembly polls as well but the Lok Sabha results should not lead to complacency,” the PDP patron said.
Meanwhile, addressing a function to welcome journalist Iqbal Kazmi into the party-fold here, Mufti said his party would play “historic role to change political discourse of Jammu and Kashmir and facilitate any meaningful initiative to resolve the issue.”
Meanwhile, quoting ‘top sources’, a local news agency KNS said PDP will field Imran Ansari, son of senior party leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, from Srinagar’s Zadibal constituency. Former trade union leader Khurshid Alam will be the PDP candidate from old city’s Khanyar constituency, the KNS said, adding that Asiya Naqash will be contesting from Hazratbal on PDP ticket while Mohammad Ashraf Mir, who is PDP’s district president Srinagar, will contest from Sonawar.
“Sources said that the party has given mandate to almost all sitting MLAs of Kashmir Valley asking them to take maximum benefits from the ‘anti-incumbency’ wave that shook the very foundations of the coalition in the recently held LS polls,” the news agency added.