Five candidates withdraw papers in Bandipora, son apologises for father’s candidature
Bandipora: The volatile Hajin town of the district saw a dramatic development on Saturday, receiving 10 nominations for its 13 wards from only the Congress party. As such, the contestants will automatically emerge victorious unopposed. They include Imtiyaz parray, the son of notorious Ikhwan commander Mohammad Yousuf Parray alias Kuka Parray, who was killed by unknown persons in 2003.
Five candidates withdrew their nomination forms on Saturday for the upcoming municipal elections in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, some of them claiming that they were falsely lured by politicians into contesting.
Kashmir Reader has learned that these candidates were from Congress and BJP.
As many as 47 nominations were filled for the first phase of municipal elections that are to be held on October 8. The number now stands at 42, with BJP having 16 nominations, Congress 14, and the rest Independents.
A few more candidates were in the process of withdrawing their forms but were denied by officials. An official said that they were turned back as they had exceeded the time limit to withdraw the forms and another had come to withdraw papers on behalf of his son, which was not allowed by rules.
The son of a candidate took to social media and apologised on behalf of his father, saying, “Friends I am sorry, some man with evil intentions has misled my father in taking this foolish step. The news brought us shock. I along with my father immediately went to the office and withdrew his form which was filed on 25th.”
The Sumbal division of the district had received 40 nominations for phase two of the elections, with BJP fielding 11 candidates, Congress 10, and Independents being 19.
Reports are that despite boycott of the polls by NC and PDP, many of their candidates have fielded proxies as Independent candidates.