Azad Files Nomination From Udhampur

Says, No Modi wave; juts a media hype

SRINAGAR: Senior Congress leader and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday filed his nomination papers for the Udhampur parliamentary constituency.

This is Azad’s maiden attempt in his political career to contest Lok Sabah elections from Jammu and Kashmir. 

Reports said Azad arrived at election office in Kathua in a procession. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Pradesh Congress chief Saifudin Soz and other Congress and National Conference leaders.

Shouting slogans in his support, activists were waving Congress party flags to greet Azad, who is currently a Rajya Sabha member, and the Union minister for health. 

However according to KNS before Azad’s arrival there, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Arshad Malik filed his nomination before the Returning Officer and Azad had to wait for half an hour in a side room.  

Addressing his supporters, Azad has said that there is no Modi wave and the same is a just a media hype. He said that people are politically mature and know the nefarious designs of the communal and divisive forces in the country.  

On this occasion, the chief minister Omar Abdullah also addressed the people saying that the party which does not know how to respect its old hands cannot rule  the country. Referring to the BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who was denied mandate for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Rajasthan, Omar said that how can the party which gives tears to its senior leadership be expected to run this country of values smoothly.  

PDP candidate Arshad Malik, who also addressed his supporters on the occasion, said that his party is contesting parliamentary elections with an aim to change destiny of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.  He said that PDP has carved out a path of development and peace in Jammu and Kashmir so it is need of hour to strengthen his party for establishing lasting peace and accelerating developmental activities in the State.

Pertinently, the BJP candidate Dr Jitender Singh, Panthers Party candidate Bhim Singh and Democratic Party candidate Anu Gupta have already filed their nomination papers for Udhampur Lok Sabha seat.

Prem Nath as substitute candidate of BJP’s Jitender Singh, Shyam Lal (All J&K Kissan Mazdoor Party) and Ranjit Singh (Independent), Amrit Barsha of Samajwadi Party (SP), Dharma Paul Balgotra of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Madhu Bala Balgotra as Substitute Candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had also filed nominations.

According to an election commission official, the scrutiny of nomination papers for Udhampur parliamentary seat will be held on March 27 while the date for withdrawal of nominations is March 29. 

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