Most candidates from Congress or BJP, journalist among few Independents
Baramulla: Despite threats from militants and boycott appeal from the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), 40 candidates submitted their nomination forms for municipal elections in Baramulla town on the first day of filing nominations on Tuesday.
According to Returning Officers at different locations in the town, 34 candidates submitted their forms at the returning officers’ headquarters at DC office Baramulla, 4 candidates submitted forms at Cooperative Building Baramulla, and 2 candidates submitted their forms at PHE office Baramulla.
Sources said that most of the candidates are from the Congress or BJP, while some are Independent. No one from the National Conference (NC) or the PDP submitted forms. Several women candidates from Old Town Baramulla submitted their forms, sources said.
A freelance journalist, Abid Salam from old town Baramulla, submitted his form for a ward in the old town. Talking to Kashmir Reader, Abid Salam said he would contest election as an Independent for the overall development of old town.
There are 21 wards in Baramulla town under the Municipal Council Baramulla.
In neighbouring Handwara town of district Kupwara, 29 candidates submitted nomination forms for its 13 wards, ADC Handwara Gulzar Ahmad confirmed to Kashmir Reader. Sources said that several female candidates submitted their forms and most of them are from Congress or BJP, while few are Independent candidates.
In Kupwara town, 43 candidates submitted their forms for the 26 wards in the municipal committee area, DC Kupwara Khalid Jahangir told Kashmir Reader.