Srinagar: After deciding to contest the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls unitedly earlier this week, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) is all set to release the list of its candidates for the first phase tomorrow.
Quoting unnamed sources, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reported that the alliance has worked out a seat-sharing pact for the first phase of the polls for which the last date for filing nominations is tomorrow.
“The seat-sharing arrangement has been worked out for the first phase. All the parties who are part of the alliance have prepared the list of their candidates and have sent it to their respective party high commands for approval,” sources said, adding that the list is being handed over to PAGD Chairman and National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah, who will announce the names of candidates tomorrow.
The PAGD comprises of National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference and some smaller parties. The alliance and seeks restoration of Article 370 and Jammu & Kashmir’s Statehood.
National Conference (NC) General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar, said the alliance would release the list of candidates for the first phase of elections tomorrow.
He said they are not fighting elections to gain power but to become the voice of the ‘voiceless’ people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pertinently, Farooq Abdullah on Monday stated that parties under the banner of PAGD will contest polls on their own symbols but there will be only one candidate of the alliance in each segment. “Polls have been announced in a hurry and we do not have a common symbol,” Farooq said, adding that candidates will contest polls on symbols of their parties.
He said only one joint candidate will be fielded from each constituency and the said candidate will be having the symbol of the party with which he is associated.
A senior leader of PAGD told KNO that their real contest would be with BJP in mainland Jammu. “We will easily win in Kashmir, Pir Panchal and Chenab regions but our contest would be with BJP in Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Reasi and Udhampur districts,” he said. KNO