With the election mood already having set in, in the state, Political parties in the Jammu and Kashmir have begun search for strong and influential candidates with opposition Peoples democratic party(PDP) taking a lead and is likely to replace some of its old and senior faces particularly in Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s strong bastion Ganderbal.
Highly placed sources told KNS that sensing a promising position in certain NC pockets; PDP was mulling to bring new faces in these constituencies to fight its arch rival NC tooth nail.
Though PDP declined a comment, senior Congress leader Ashfaq Jabar confirmed to KNS that PDP has approached him and offered a ticket in any of the two constituencies he would prefer in District Ganderbal.
“They (PDP) are in good situation in Ganderbal, and have risen to the level where they can give a tough fight to NC, but the problem with that party is that they are lacking faces who could capitalize on the position they are currently in”, Jabar told KNS, whose another Party colleague Ab, Majeed Padder Friday formally joined PDP.
“They offered me a ticket wherever I would wish to contest among Ganderbal and Kangan seats”, added Jabar. However he was quick to add that he was not going to part ways with his parent party Congress. “I am a true solider of Congress and Prof Soz has been a true leader who galvanized the support from all quarters for party; therefore, I will never leave it”, said Jabar, adding that he was in close touch with Prof. Soz.
Meanwhile senior Congress leader Ab. Majeed Padar Friday formally joined PDP. After joining the opposition PDP,
Pader told KNS that he had no grudge with Party state President Prof Soz and said that the people were getting close to PDP which promoted him to join the party. “I have no personal discord with Prof. Soz, but since people are with PDP, so I decided to listen to the voice of people and joined it.” Padder told KNS.
He lashed out at National conference and said, “ It has been involved in loot in Norabad Constituency . They have allotted works to their trusted persons and left common man wondered”, added Padder.
Meanwhile, Haji Rashid, former MLA Sopore said he won’t join PDP. “Although I am close to PDP patron but that doesn’t mean I am joining them”, he said adding “
Muzaffar Beigh offered me to join PDP; however, I am in Congress and have no intentions of joining PDP”.