Congress finalizes names of candidates

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SRINAGAR: State Congress Saturday finalized the names of its candidates for the Jammu and Ladakh provinces for the forthcoming parliamentary polls while as former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has turned down the offer of contesting from Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency.

Union Health Minister turned down the party offer of contesting from Udhampur constituency- hence paving way for the Congress leader Lal Singh to emerge as the expected candidate for the seat despite the strong resentment among the Congress leaders and workers against Singh.

Sources informed further that name of Madan Lal Sharma has been finalized by the party leadership for Jammu constituency while as Ringzin Sapalbar will fight for the Ladakh parliamentary seat.

Senior Congress leader pleading anonymity said that party workers of Kashmir valley are unhappy at the seat allotments. Workers are unhappy that the state Congress despite its high popularity graph in Kashmir province has not been provided opportunity to contest for at least one parliamentary seat out of three and that it would have been beneficial for both Congress and NC. 

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