Congress will contest for all the seats in Jammu & Kashmir
JAMMU: Asserting that Congress will fight all the 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni today said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi will be star campaigners for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
“We are fighting all the seats again hoping to form the government in the state,” Soni said.
She further said that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will be star campaigners during the campaigning of the five-phased elections in the state.
“We have requested Sonia, Rahul and Dr Singh in this regard on the sidelines of a meeting held today,” she said.
“Normally we will provide a list of 40 star campaigners to the Election Commission,” Soni said.
Replying to the question about releasing the list of the probable candidates for the first phase of elections, she said that it will be released by this evening.
On the issue of release of the party manifesto, she said draft of the manifesto has been prepared and submitted to the top party leadership in this directions.
After the consultation with state Congress chief, manifesto will be released in three different places, including Srinagar and Ladakh, Soni said.
Regarding the poll plank, she said Congress will go to the people with their report card on development, accountability, governance of our government which was in power since 2002 with coalition partners.
The manifesto and the poll campaign would be based on achievements of our government which remained in power during the coalition governments of 2002 and 2008, she said.
Polling will take place on November 25, December 2, 9, 14 and 20 in the state.
Congress names 15 candidates for Kashmir assembly poll
The Congress Wednesday issued its first list of 15 candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The list released by Madhusudan Mistry, general secretary incharge of the party central election committee has fielded three sitting legislators and ministers in the state coalition government.
These are Nawang Rigzin Jora for the Leh seat in Ladakh region, Abdul Majeed Wani for the Doda seat and Viqar Rasool for the Bannihal seat, both in the Jammu region.
The party has also fielded sitting legislator G.M. Saroori for the Inderwal seat in the Kishtwar district of Jammu region.
For the Ramban reserved seat, Ashok Kumar Dogra has been fielded while Mohd Sharief Niaz has been fielded for the Bhaderwah seat, both in the Jammu region.
In the Valley, the party has fielded Faqir Mohammad Khan for Gurez, Usman Majeed for Bandipora, Imtiyiaz Parray for Sonawari, Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh for Kangan and Mohammad Yusuf Bhat for Ganderbal seat.
For the Kargil seat, Ashgar Karbalai, the CEO of the Kargil autonomous hill development council, has been fielded.
Ghulam Raza who lost the Lok Sabha elections as the Congress supported candidate from the Ladakh region, has been fielded for the Zanskar seat while Dildan Namgyal get the party mandate for the Nubra seat in the Ladakh region.
The Congress is fighting the assembly elections without any electoral alliance with the National Conference (NC), with which it ruled the state during the last six years.
–Online media sources