NC Names LS Candidates for Valley

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SRINAGAR: National Conference  patron Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday announced the nomination his party’s three candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary polls. 

Dr Farooq will himself represent Srinagar parliamentary constituency while Sharifudin Shariq and Mehboob Beig will contest from Baramulla and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies respectively.

The announcement was made by the NC patron at a function organized by the party to observe 108th birth anniversary of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

Dr Farooq Abdullah while announcing the names of the candidates said, “Till I am alive, I will fight the polls from Srinagar.”

Pertinently, Farooq, Shariq and Beig are the incumbent representatives of the same constituencies in the Parliament. They had won the elections in 2009.  

Sharik expects tough competition from PDP

Meanwhile  National Conference candidate for North Kashmir, Sharifudin Shariq said that he was expecting a tough challenge from Peoples Democratic Party.

“Whosoever will contest against me will not matter, but what will matter to me is the challenge posed by the PDP in North Kashmir,” CNS quoted Shariq as saying. He said that the performance shown by NC led government will be a deciding factor in all the three constituencies.

“Omar Abdullah as Chief Minister played a key role in the development of North Kashmir and the positive report card of our party will certainly give us an edge over PDP in North Kashmir constituency,” he said.

Shariq, who had faced tough competition from Peoples Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during last Parliament elections said that it will be a cake-walk for Dr Mehboob Beigh in South Kashmir.

“In South Kashmir, PDP has lost its credibility and people have got fed up with this party. Mehboob Beigh has an edge this time and he, like Dr Farooq Abdullah, will easily make it in to Parliament,” he said.

Replying to a question, Shariq said that there was no contest between Farooq Abdullah and Tariq Hamid Karra of PDP in Srinagar. “Karra stands nowhere before Abdullah and the defeat of PDP leader is certain in coming elections,” he said.

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