Cong yet to decide who will contest

A day after by-polls for Anantnag assembly constituency in South Kashmir were announced, Congress on Wednesday said its main objective while fighting the elections would be to foil RSS’s march to Kashmir.

The state Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir said that his party would contest the polls with all its abilities to emerge victorious from the seat which went vacant after the demise of the former chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7, this year. Congress chief maintained the party will jump into the election fray against the PDP which paved way for the ‘fanatic’ RSS to Kashmir. “South Kashmir has been always our strong hold and we are confidant of registering the triumph from the assembly segment,” Mir said.

He added that Congress welcomes the announcement of the polls and would announce the candidate for the seat in very near future. When asked whether the Congress would enter into any pre-poll pact with the national conference to contest the seat, Mir said the party is yet to deliberate over the issue. “There has been no final call taken over the issue yet. We will deliberate over it but as of now, it is more likely that we will fight on our own as we are very sure of registering the victory,” state Congress chief said.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday had announced dates for holding the by- election to Anantnag (Islamabad) Assembly constituency that had fallen vacant after the demise of former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. As per the ECI notification, the last date for filing nomination papers for the seat is April 29 while scrutiny of papers would be done the next day. The voting would take place on May 16 and counting on May 19.

As per Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Representation Act, 1957, the bye-election for a seat of J&K Assembly has to be held within six months from the date of occurrence of the vacancy.


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