BJP wanted to field proxy candidates through KEA: Dar

SRINAGAR: A faction of Kashmir Economic Alliance led by its adhoc chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar Tuesday claimed that rightwing Hindu party Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) tried to field proxy candidates in the upcoming Assembly elections by using the the umbrella body of business and trade groups.
Addressing a press conference here Dar said due to the popularity of the Alliance the BJP approached some office bearers to support them in the elections. “The past chairman, Mohammad Yaseen Khan along with Siraj Ahmad and Iqbal Tramboo were approached by some agencies in order to get support in fielding proxy candidates for upcoming state elections,” Dar told reporters.
Dar also said that the Executive body of KEA was already against holding any rally with panchayat members and had put forth their reservations.
“Without taking majority on board Mr Khan held rally which was an indication for support to the particular political party,” Dar claimed.
Dar also stated that Khan along with Siraj and Tramboo were always trying to turn the Alliance into political party, but “we always resisted any such move.”
Speaking on the occasion, president Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA), Showkat Chowdhary said that Tramboo held a detailed meeting with a senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh before going for a rally of panchayat members at Municipal Park here.
Meanwhile KEA (D) also announced the date of election for its faction.
The nomination papers will be filled on August 6 while the polling will take place onAugust 18. The result will be declared in the evening of the polling day, said the KEA (D) faction.
KEA was formed during the 2008 uprising to safeguard the business community in the Valley and recently split into two factions one led by Dar and other by Khan.