by Ishtiyak Magray
GANDERBAL: Amid unprecedented security arrangements, voting for the second phase of the District Development Council (DDC) and Panchayat by-polls will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) in Jammu Kashmir
In Ganderbal district three DDC constituencies – Kangan-A, Kangan -B and Kangan-C- are going to vote. The officials informed that 171 polling booths have been set up in the district.
A total of 32135 electorates will exercise their franchise among which16848 voters are male voters while 15287 are female voters, an official told Kashmir Life.
For DDCpolls there 27 candidates are in the fray and for the Phancyat by- Elections for Sarpanch and Panch seats a total of 167 candidates are in the fray, he said.
“Out of 27 DDC candidates six each from Kangan-A, B and 15 from Kangan-C, while 13 and 154 are respectively contesting for Sarpanch and Panch seats.”
The campaigning for the second phase ended on Sunday. Elaborate arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls and special measures taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the official claimed.
The major political parties including the recently formed People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) an amalgam of National Conference, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Peoples Conference and CPI(M) are fighting the maiden DDC elections together. BJP and Altaf Bukhari led Jammu Kashmir Apni party ( JKAP) are also in the fray.
In Kangan- A, six candidates are in the fray for DDC Seat but here it is going to be neck-to-neck contest between PDP’s Tasmeena Adil, the joint candidate of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and Ruheena Shahzad an independent candidate. BJP’s Rabiya Rasool and Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) Roohena are also in the fray for this seat.
Tasmeena Adil, candidate of PAGD is confident of winning this DDC said, “I can’t predict the winner, let’s wait for some time but still I am confident that I am going to win this seat,”.
An independent candidate Ruheena Shahzad, who according to sources is backed by BJP though she rejected this claim, is going to give PAGD’s a tough fight.
“I categorically reject this claim that I am backed by BJP, I am fighting as an independent candidate and I am hopeful that I will come out victorious.”
In Kangan-B, also six candidates are in the fray for DDC seat but NC contestant Miya Gulzar, the joint candidate of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration ( PAGD) is in a strong position against his rivals.
Junaid Ahmad Khatana the candidate of BJP, Nazir Ahmad of Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) besides three other candidates are in the fray for DDC seat.
Strong neck to neck contest is also expected in Kangan-C, where NC’s contestant, Mir Mudasir, the joint candidate of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration ( PAGD) is having a fight against Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JkAP) candidate Nazir Ahmad Mir.
PAGD’s Mir Mudasir is hopeful that he would emerge victorious.
“With the grace of Almighty Allah I have full faith on my supporters and inshaAllah I will win this seat,”.
But Jammu Kashmir Apni party candidate Nazir Ahmed is having too much confidence in grabbing this seat. “I want to end this injustice with our youth, I want to work for the welfare of the poor people, I am hopeful my people won’t let me down,”.
There are 15 candidates in fray for this seat. The polling will start at 7 am and will conclude at 2 PM.