Bandipora: Members of the Congress party alleged on Sunday that hours after the deadline for filing nominations had ended, nomination papers of four Independent candidates were accepted by election officials for the upcoming municipal polls in Hajin town. Kashmir Reader had reported that on Saturday, the last day of filing nominations for the first phase of polls on October 8, only Congress candidates had filed nominations – 10 in total – for the town’s 13 wards.
On Sunday, BJP’s J&K general secretary Ashok Koul told a meeting of party workers in BJP’s Bandipora office that the four Independent candidates who had filed nomination in Hajin were actually BJP candidates.
“We have fielded four nominees as Independent candidates and haven’t given them the party symbol,” Koul told party workers. He said that the four candidates were not given the party ticket because the situation in Hajin town was “unpropitious, given the threat (from militants).”
He further said that the BJP will “expose proxy candidates fielded by National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the municipal polls, despite announcing election boycott.”
He said, “a number of nominees from the NC and PDP are contesting the elections as Independent proxies.” He added that the BJP will expose these candidates in various districts, including Kupwara and Bandipora, soon. “In Kupwara, the son of an MLA is contesting elections, which is against what they are announcing (boycott),” Koul said.
He said that “a number of nominees from the NC and PDP parties are contesting the Urban and Local Body elections as independent proxies”, adding that the BJP will expose these candidates in various Districts including Kupwara and Bandipora soon. “In Kupwara a son of MP is contesting elections also which was against what they are announcing,” he said.
Koul made these remarks during a programme at the party’s Bandipora office which was held to “boost the morale” and “give candidates some campaigning tips.”
Koul informed party workers that a total of 28 and four Independent BJP candidates are contesting in Bandipora district, with 17 candidates of BJP in Bandipora town’s 17 wards, 11 candidates in Sumbal’s 13 Wards, and four Independent nominees in Hajin town’s 13 wards.
He said that the BJP was in the fray to win the elections. Koul’s assertion was seconded by the BJP’s Bandipora district president, who said that aggressive door-to-door campaigns will be launched to ask for votes.
Koul said that in Kargil, both PDP and NC fielded candidates. “They didn’t see any problem there but they see problems in Kashmir,” he said. “The symbols of the parties boycotting the elections should be seized, as they are creating hindrance in the democratic process,” he said.