Assembly Polls: Lobbying on in NC for Sopore seat

Baramulla: Lobbying has begun in the ruling National Conference (NC) for the Sopore assembly constituency, where besides others, the sitting legislator has staked claim over the mandate to contest the polls.
If insiders are to be believed, the ruling party is facing a difficult situation in the constituency, with many NC loyalists turning up before the high command and seeking mandate to contest the elections. Not just the NC leaders, but prominent personalities of the Apple town and leaders from other smaller parties are also making rounds around the NC’s top brass promising them victory if given a chance to contest elections on the party ticket. However, the closest contenders, insiders said, are the sitting MLA Mohammad Ashraf Ganai, and Irshad Ahmad Kar, son of veteran congress leader, Ghulam Rasool Kar. While Ganai is a well known face in the constituency, young Irshad, who is also the chairman of Kamraz Foundation, is targeting youth groups to make the inroads.
He has gathered a good amount of support from NC workers in Sopore constituency, where Congress has fielded experienced politician Haji Rashid Dar and the PDP has introduced Nazir Ahmed Naikoo. Irshad has announced to his supporters to go all alone in the upcoming elections if the NC party, with whom he is in touch, doesn’t consider him for a mandate. Mohammad Afsar, a NC worker said that the party cadres are supporting the inclusion of Irshad into the part fold followed by a mandate to contest the elections from the Sopore constituency. Irshad, he said, is the only strongest candidate to take on PDP and Congress candidates. “Irshad has promised us to contest elections as an independent candidate.
“We will support him because he shows empathy with us. He understands us well,” he added.