Beerwah: At a time when Mehbooba Mufti is claiming that the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) was “formed solely to safeguard the identity of people of J&K” and “there is a bigger cause to fight for than bicker over DDC elections”, her counterpart in National Conference Omar Abdullah allegedly managed to deprive PDP District President for Beerwah, Nazir Khan, of contesting the upcoming District Development Council elections on PAGD ticket.
Causing embarrassment to the PAGD, Nazir Khan on Monday filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate at DIET Beerwah.
“Omar Abdullah played politics and without informing Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, nominated an NC candidate who has no ground in Beerwah, just to weaken my position,” Kashmir News Trust (KNT) quoted Khan as saying.
Khan has now become the second independent candidate, after Akhtar Ali from Hayatpora Beerwah, to contest from the Beerwah constituency. Besides the two, there is PAGD’s NC candidate, Muhammad Ashraf Lone from Poonchgund; BJP’s Showkat Wani from Loolipora, and PDF candidate Javaid Beigh from Sonpah Beerwah.
Sources said that during a PAGD meeting on Sunday held at the residence of alliance chief Farooq Abdullah, it was unanimously decided to field PDP’s Nazir Khan from Beerwah for the DDC polls. The party even handed over an authority letter to Khan, but to his shock, his name was missing from the list published by the alliance in the evening the same day.
“Omar Abdullah played a game. The same Omar who claimed that those should die of shame who will still play politics again played politics now. PADG knew it well that I have strong ground in Beerwah. I have the support of Narbal and Beerwah BDCs while BDC Khag was also my supporter who was killed in a militant attack,” Nazir Khan said.
Khan confirmed that he has filed his nomination papers and will contest as an independent candidate. When asked he is violating the rules of PAGD, Khan said there is no merit in the alliance.
“Though I do believe in PAGD and support its stand but the way Omar Abdullah backstabbed me and played politics has badly hurt me. PADG has fielded a weak candidate and I think Omar wants BJP should win from Beerwah,” he said.
Khan claimed that he received the authority letter from PDP at 8 PM on Sunday but Omar Abdullah changed the list by the PAGD. KNT