ANANTNAG: Office of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag remained out of bounds for the common people Wednesday during the filing of nomination papers by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Syed from Anantnag Assembly segment.
The district administration had kept the main gate of the DC office shut since morning leaving the people fuming. Hundreds of people who had come from remote areas to get their work done in different offices located in DC office complex had to return dejected.
“After being denied entry into the DC office premises most of the people returned to their homes while others having some unavoidable work chose to wait till PDP patron left at around 2 pm,” said a local youth.
Another youth Zahid Wani, who had come from Chowgam, Qazigund said, “I reached the DC office at around 10:30 am for some important work at ARTO office. But the policemen deployed at the gate did not allow me to enter the premises till 2 pm.”
He said that many elderly people were made to wait for hours on the roads. “How can the district administration put hundreds of people at trouble for the convenience of a politician,” Wani told Kashmir Reader.
Sayeed is seeking a fourth term is the state legislature as he was first elected to the House in 1985 from RS Pura in Jammu region and also won the by-elections from Pahalgam seat in 2004 when he was the chief minister.
The PDP patron won from the Anantnag Assembly segment in 2008 by defeating National Conference (NC) candidate Mirza Mehboob Beg by a margin of 4,891 votes. Sayeed polled 12,439 votes while 7,548 votes were cast in Beg’s favour.
Beg, who was nominated as the candidate for the Anantnag Assembly seat by National Conference for this year’s Assembly elections, withdrew from the contest in favour of Sayeed. He also quit the National Conference.
Addressing a rally after filing his papers, Sayeed said the “divisive” agenda of BJP and its allies in the state could be counter-checked only through a decisive vote.
“PDP sees the upcoming elections as a challenge not only to prevent the divisive and frenzied elements from causing any harm to JK’s special status, but safeguarding the state’s unique constitutional and pluralistic character by establishing new bonding between the communities and regions,” he said, urging people to offset this “new devious challenge” unitedly through democratic means.
The chief ministerial candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said his party’s agenda goes beyond good governance on which it has established credentials and it looks forward to paving the way for a dignified resolution of Kashmir.