Two Congress candidates also withdraw after paddy crop of BJP candidates set on fire
Anantnag: Hours after the harvested paddy crop of two BJP candidates, who are husband and wife, was set on fire by unidentified persons late on Wednesday evening, all the BJP candidates – 13 of them – withdrew their nominations from municipal elections in Dooru and resigned from the basic membership of the party, here in Anantnag district on Thursday.
Gul Muhammad Khan and his wife Hajira Begum lost more than half their paddy crop in the incident of arson. Both had both filed nomination for the upcoming municipal polls on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket and both withdrew it today.
The BJP had put up 13 candidates in Dooru where municipal elections are scheduled on October 16. Friday is the last date to pull out nominations.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Dooru, Mir Abdul Rashid, told Kashmir Reader that five nominations, three from the BJP and two from the Congress, were withdrawn today.
“But tomorrow is the last date. Maybe more nominations will be withdrawn,” he said.
Constituency president of the BJP in Dooru, Ghulam Hassan Bhat, however insisted that all the 13 nominations of the party stand withdrawn.
He said that he, along with other party members, were disgruntled with the party leadership and took the step because of that.
“The party has done nothing for the betterment of the people in these years. I have been forced to take the decision along with other party members. I cannot fool my people like this,” Bhat said.
He said that he, too, has given up his basic party membership.
A senior police official confirmed the act of arson while talking to Kashmir Reader. “They (Gul Muhammad and his wife) have a paddy field of about 2.5 kanals. They had stacked up their produce and it was set on fire by miscreants late Wednesday evening,” the police official said.
He said that the crop harvested from about 1 kanal of land was destroyed in the fire, but the other half was saved.