Srinagar, March 28: Mehraj Khurshid Malik, 25 is an independent candidate for the upcoming Srinagar parliamentary constituency bypolls. Moreover in his first, Malik is also going up against a heavyweight like the National Conference (NC) President and Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah.
Malik has spent most of his life far outside the Valley. He did his early studies at a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Jammu, and then moved on to pursue an engineering course at a University in Chandigarh. After having worked in Bangalore where he landed a job at Microsoft, he quit to return to Kashmir.
But at the same time, this troubled context makes him stand out and draw some attention amid an electoral battle that has little space for his candidature. The contest is entirely between the NC stalwart Abdullah and the PDP’s lesser known Nazir Ahmad Khan.
The volatile Anantnag is another constituency where the bypoll is being held. The contest there is between the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tasaduq Mufti and the state Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir.
And the then PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra, who represented Srinagar in Lok Sabha, resigned during the unrest last year in protest against the killings and blindings of protesters. Karra has now joined Congress.