SRINAGAR: The ruling National Conference on Tuesday announced the first list of its 32 candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls, giving mandate to 20 of the 28 sitting MLAs.
Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul, and 10 ministers were included in the list of the candidates announced by party’s general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar after the parliamentary board meeting chaired by working president Omar Abdullah.
The party president Farooq Abdullah has vetted the list which includes only one new face as the party has stood by the even those candidates who had lost to opposition candidates in the 2008 assembly polls.
The list includes 19 candidates for Kashmir, 12 for Jammu division and one for Ladakh region, a statement said.
The NC has not announced the candidates for Ganderbal, Hazratbal and Sonawar assembly segments. Omar, his uncle Mustafa Kamal and Farooq Abdullah had won from these seats respectively in 2008 elections.
The Parliamentary Board comprising Abdul Rahim Rather (Finance Minister), Sagar (Rural Development Minister), Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan (CAPD minister), S Harbans Singh, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Nasir Aslam Wani (provincial president, Kashmir) and Devender Singh Rana (provincial president, Jammu) met here and discussed the panels of candidates received from the block and the district committees of the party.
“After three hour deliberations the party declared the list of 32 candidates and decided to meet later this week to discuss the other seats,” the statement said.
The 32 candidates who got mandates are:
Irfan Ahmad Shah (from Batamaloo constituency); Mubarak Gul (Eidgah); Nasir Aslam Wani (Amira Kadal); Shamima Firdous (Habba Kadal); Ali Muhammad Sagar (Khanyar); Abdur Rahim Rather (Charar-e-Sharif); Aga Syed Rohulla (Budgam); Mian Altaf (Kangan); Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri (Bijbehara); Advocate Abdul Majeed (Homeshalibugh); Sakina Itoo (Noorabad); Muhammad Ashraf Bhat (Tral); Showkat Ahmad Ganai (Wachi); Javed Ahmad Dar (Rafiabad); Nazir Ahmad Khan (Gurez); Mohammad Akbar Lone (Sonawari); Mir Saifullah (Kupwara); Qaiser Jamsheed Lone (Lolaab); Choudhary Ramzan (Handwara); Sajad Ahmad Kichloo (Kishtwar); Aijaz Jan (Poonch-Haveli); Abdul Gani Malik (Gulab Garh); Surjit Singh Salathia (Vijaypur); Ajay Kumar Sadhotra (Marh); Radhay Sham Sharma (Nowshehra); Javed Ahmad Rana (Mendhar); Rashpal Singh (Kalakote); Dharamveer Singh Jamwal (Jammu West); Jagjeevan Lal (Raesi); Ramesh Motton (RS Pura); Chodhri Liyaqat (Darhaal); and Tsetan Namgyal (Nobra).