National Conference to challenge Azad

November 6th, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Nov 6 (IANS) The National Conference, which had not fielded any candidate against Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress during the April 2006 by-election, will challenge the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister in his Bhaderwah constituency in the forthcoming assembly elections. The National Conference has announced that former advocate general Mohammad Aslam Goni will contest from Bhaderwah.

The constituency in Doda district had virtually been a cakewalk for Azad in the by-poll, which he had won with a landslide margin of more than 30,000 votes against his sole rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

BJP has this time fielded its former state unit president D.K. Kotwal from the constituency.

The National Conference list has also mentioned that party patron and chief ministerial candidate Farooq Abdullah will contest from the Hazratbal constituency in Srinagar, in place of Mohammad Sayeed Akhoon who fought on this seat in 1996 and 2002.

National Conference president Omar Abdullah is contesting from Ganderbal, which he had lost in 2002 to his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Qazi Mohammad Afzal.

This time again, he is facing Afzal, who was a minister in the Congress-PDP coalition government.

The state is going to seven-phased polls from Nov 17 to Dec 24.

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