SRINAGAR: National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah, and ruling PDP candidate, Nazir Ahmad Khan, on Monday filed their nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which is going to by-polls on April 9.

Abdullah and Khan filed their nomination papers before the Returning Officer Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone.

The by-election to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency has been necessitated by the resignation of Tariq Hamid Karra from the Lok Sabha in September last year in a mark of protest against alleged “brutalities” on protesters. He defeated Abdullah in 2014 Lok Sabha polls while contesting on a PDP ticket.

Interestingly, Karra is campaigning for Dr Farooq this time after Congress and NC stitched a pre-poll alliance against PDP.

NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah signing his nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Srinagar on Monday. Abid Bhat/ KO
NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah signing his nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Srinagar on Monday. Abid Bhat/ KO

After deserting PDP, Karra recently joined Congress and is not contesting the polls this time following a seat-sharing agreement between National Conference and his new party.

However, Congress is contesting the South Kashmir Lok Sabha seat where Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir will take on PDP’s Mufti Tasaduq Hussain, who is brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The polling in south Kashmir is scheduled for April 12.

PDP’s candidate for Srinagar constituency, Khan filed his papers today. He was accompanied by PDP Lok Sabha MP from Baramulla, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, and Imran Raza Ansari.