Srinagar: Will the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir go into assembly elections without naming its leader? At least its first list of 32 candidates indicates so.
The party’s parliamentary board, empowered to select candidates for assembly elections, met here Tuesday, perhaps for the first time without its patron and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, in attendance.
The first list of National Conference candidates for the 87-member state assembly does not include Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Omar Abdullah represents the north Kashmir Ganderbal assembly seat from where Tariq Hameed Karra, the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) candidate for the Lok Sabha, polled over 3,000 votes more than Omar’s father and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.
The PDP won all the three Lok Sabha seats from the valley, including Srinagar, which the senior Abdullah lost.
Omar Abdullah’s reluctance to contest from Ganderbal is believed to be the reason for the delay in the announcement of his name for the assembly elections.