PDP, ANC to contest elections

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Awami National Conference (ANC) announced on Tuesday that they would join the electoral process in Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP announced its plan in press conference organized in the state capital Srinagar.

Mehbooba Mufti, President of PDP said, "Free and fair elections in Jammu and Kashmir is the only thing New Delhi can sell to the people who had lost faith in the system.”

Later, she released the Party manifesto more or less dominated by the self-rule demand.

“Apart from our objective of resolution of the Kashmir issue, we have an obligation towards the people as far as governance is concerned," she added.

She also said that PDP will Contest all the 87 Assembly constituencies.

On the Other hand, the ANC, headed by the former Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Shah, will contest for 70 seats. Shah announced this in a press conference.

But it will be a kind of family affair for Mr. Shah, as he himself, his wife Khalida Shah and son Muzaffar Shah will contest the elections.
Sister of National Conference Supremo Mrs. Khalida is likely to file her nomination from Sonwar assembly segment.

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