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Ghulam Nabi Azad Takes Ballot Plunge, To Contest From Anantnag

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Former Congress chief and J&Ok Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad (File).

Srinagar:

Former Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha election from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag-Rajouri seat, his Democratic Progressive Azad Get together mentioned Tuesday.

The seat was gained by the Nationwide Convention’s Hasnain Masoodi in 2019, however the occasion has fielded Predominant Altaf this time. It is a status seat and may even see a three-way combat, with the ex-Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti more likely to contest too. She is a two-time MP from Anantnag, which has flipped between the PDP and NC since 1999. It’s unclear if the BJP will area a candidate or provide casual help.

Crucially, Anantnag can be a seat disputed by the NC and the PDP, each of that are a part of the Congress-led INDIA bloc. Neither, although, is keen to concede the seat to the opposite.

The BJP, in the meantime, has tried to make inroads within the space after J&Ok state unit boss Ravinder Raina’s in depth campaigning by holding rallies in what had been no-go areas for the occasion until a number of years in the past.

For Mr Azad this might be a primary take a look at of recognition in his residence state since he stop the Congress.

The NC and BJP cut up J&Ok and Ladakh’s six seats within the final election.

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Affirmation of Mr Azad getting into the electoral fray comes after he held a sequence of public conferences to gauge voters’ reactions. “Plenty of persons are asking me to contest. Demand of my being within the Parliament is there… however there are voices who need me contest Meeting elections,” he instructed NDTV.

J&Ok – stripped of its particular standing beneath Article 370 in August 2019 and transformed into two union territories – has not held an Meeting election for six years. Final yr the Supreme Court docket, listening to a clutch of petitions on this topic, mentioned an Meeting election needed to be held by September 30.

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Mr Azad stop the Congress two years in the past. Since then he has held round 600 public conferences, and instructed NDTV, “I am very glad… there’s overwhelming response from all sections of society.”

The true problem, although, might be to transform this enthusiasm into votes.

In the meantime, Mr Azad and his rivals have discovered widespread floor on at the very least one subject.

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The DPAP, the PDP, the Congress, and the NC have all known as for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Meeting polls. “I’m in favour of simultaneous elections in J&Ok .I need elections by midnight. The folks of J&Ok are extra involved about meeting elections than parliament elections,” he mentioned.

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