Parliamentary by-poll: Farooq, Nazir file nomination papers for Srinagar seat

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Srinagar, Mar 20: National Conference President, Dr Farooq Abdullah, and PDP leader Nazir Ahmad Khan on Monday filed their nominations for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat at the office of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar.
Farooq was accompanied by his son and former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president, G A Mir, and Congress leader Tariq Hameed Karra.
The Congress and NC are fighting the LS by-polls jointly and Farooq is the joint candidate for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat, which is going to polls on April 9.
Earlier in the day, PDP leader, Nazir Ahmad Khan, too filed his papers.
He was accompanied by Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, Sports and IT Minister, Imran Raza Ansari, and MLC Khurshid Alim.
Talking to the media after filing papers, Nazir called Farooq a “discredited politician”.
Later, the PDP organised a workers’ meeting at PDP headquarters in Srinagar, and accorded a warm welcome to Nazir.
 In his address, Muzaffar Beigh said, “Everyone will come to believe in the battle of ideas through peaceful means, so that our own people don’t suffer any more.”
He said PDP will fulfill all its promises and accomplish its desire of resolving all problems through reconciliation and dialogue.
 The Member Parliament said that any delay in implementation of the peace, development and resolution was only impeded by the uncongenial atmosphere and unfortunate happenings ever since the party formed the government.
 Referring to the contribution of the party towards changing the political discourse in the entire subcontinent, he said that it is the sum total of individual efforts by their workers in creating a viable political alternative that advocated peace and dialogue.
Baig said in Nazir the party has chosen a candidate who has a long history of sacrifice and struggle for public service at his back.
“Nazir represents aspirations of youth as young and energetic political activist and it is this narrative that should be in focus during the entire election campaign,” he said.
In his address, the senior party leader and Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Imran Raza Ansari, said that PDP was committed to the implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance.
However, he said, there was need for a “congenial and peaceful” atmosphere for the government to pursue its agenda.
“Implementation of Agenda of Alliance stands guarantee to political stability in the state and meeting the aspirations of its people. The party is committed for it,” he said.
 He lauded the government for ensuring basic necessities and essential services like ration, electricity, health services and drinking water facilities to people despite the uncertainty.
He said that the government has effectively rolled out these services and will continue to serve the people of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Nazir said, “The National Conference is a discredited party which has always taken the interests of people and the state for granted for the sake of power. Time and again, NC has made compromises and it is now a group of few individuals with no specific and clear agenda. Only thing the party wants is to grab power and for that it will go to any extent.”
Senior party leaders Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar, PWD Minister, Gh Nabi Lone Hanjura, Agriculture Minister, Abdul Haq Khan, Rural Development Minister, Nizamudin Bhat, party general secretary, Aasiya Naqash, MoS Health, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, MLA Batamalo; Khurshid Aalam, MLC, Saifudin Bhat, MLC; Dr Shafi,  Pervez Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Mir, Muntazir Mohuidin, Dr Ali Mohammad Wani, were also present on the occasion.

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