Baramulla: Ahead of Assembly elections, both ruling National Conference party and opposition People’s Democratic Party are facing stiff challenge from their workers and leaders on the issue of election mandates.
Insiders told Kashmir Reader that with PDP announcing three new candidates—former IGP, Raja Ajaz Ali Khan for Ur constituency, Mohammad Abbas Wani for Gulmarg and Nazir Ahmad Naikoo for Sopore—scores of party workers and leaders have threatened to resign before the elections.
In Uri, Syed Najeeb Naqwi, who joined PDP only after he was promised a mandate, is disappointed with the party’s decision; so is Dr Shabir Mangriyal, who lost the last Assembly election to Congress’ Taj Mohi-ud-Din.
“Both Naqwi and Mangriyal have told their supporters not to vote for the new faces,” the sources said.
They said that with the mandate given to Nazir Ahmad Naikoo for Sopore constituency, president Fruit Mandi Sopore, Fayaz Ahmad Malik alias Kakaji and youth leader Dr Shahzad are contemplating resigning from the party in next few days.
Naikoo, who is brother-in-law of PDP’s senior leader Dilawar Mir, was given mandate on the latter’s insistence, the sources said.
The PDP is also facing crisis in Gulmarg constituency, where well-known PDP face Abbas Wani has been given mandate. “Master Ghulam Mohiuddin and Shabir Ahmad had joined PDP only after they were promised mandate,” the sources said, adding that Shabir may quit the party in couple of days.
The opposition party is also facing trouble in Baramulla constituency where many close aides and relatives of senior PDP leader and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beg are vying for the mandate. Sources said Beg’s nephew Javid Beg and journalist Karamat Qayoom are fighting for the mandate.
Situation is no different in the NC camp, either. Senior NC leaders like Ghulam Hassan Rahi, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Tariq Ahmad Kakroo, Advocate Shahid and Jan Mohammad are some of the leaders in Baramulla who are eying the party mandate. Sources said that NC is currently receiving ground inputs about these leaders and mandate will be given to only those who are sure of bringing a seat to the party’s kitty.
Sources also told Kashmir Reader that while senior NC leader Shafi Uri is lobbying for mandate for his medico son Dr Sajad Uri against PDP’s Raja Ajaz and incumbent MLA Uri, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, the party is not in his favour. PDP’s Raja Ajaz “is going to be a strong candidate, as NC believes that Congress supporters will also vote for him. NC high command believes that if Shafi Uri himself fights election he has bright chances of securing the seat,” the sources said.