Srinagar: Two members of erstwhile royal family, a senior government official and a trade union leader-turned politician are among the eight persons nominated to the Legislative Council by governor NN Vohra.
The members who were nominated to the LC are Khurshid Alam, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Ashok Khajuria, Vikramditya Singh, Romesh Arora, Saifu-Din Bhat, Ajatshatru Singh, and Surinder Mohan Ambardar.
Alam, who unsuccessfully contested elections on PDP ticket, served in the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CA&PD) in different capacities for 30 years before joining PDP last year. He started his career as small time CAPD employee, reportedly owns 200 trucks and still enjoys following of lower rung officials in the department.
Alam also represented Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC-K) for a long time and had been associated with trade union since 1973.
Before joining PDP in 2013, Zaffar Manhas retired as secretary of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. He had earlier served as secretary of the Regional Autonomy Committee and the Pahari Advisory Board. He had joined Academy in 1984 and served it in various capacities.
Senior BJP leader Ashok Khajuria, was elected president of Student Union of SPM Rajput College of Commerce in 1972 and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1973. Later he was inducted in BJP and appointed its secretary in 1980 by Thakur Baldev Singh, the then Party president. He was again appointed State secretary in 1990 by Prof Chaman Lal Gupta. In 1995 he was elected general secretary of the Party by Vaid Vaishno Dutt and later he was elected to State Assembly in 1998 on the BJP ticket from Jammu East in bye elections.
Vikramaditya Singh, son of Congress MP Karan Singh, stepped first time into politics after he joined PDP in 2014. He runs a hotel business in Himachal Pradesh.
Ajat Shatru Singh is the younger son of Karan Singh and the grandson of late maharaja Hari Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Jammu and Kashmir who joined BJP last year. Earlier he was the member of the National Conference and held many ministries in the NC government.
Under Section 50 (Sub section 6) of the J&K Constitution, eight members shall be nominated by the governor, out of whom not more than three members shall be persons belonging to any socially or economically backward classes in the state.
The remaining five as per the constitution shall be persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of matters such as literature, science, art, cooperative movement and social service.