The ruling National Conference (NC) is yet to decide on the mandates for three constituencies out of 15 which are scheduled to go for polls on November 25 the first phase of the process.
Out of these fifteen constituencies, the NC has not given mandates in three assembly seats – Ganderbal, currently represented in the state legislature by NC working president and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Bandipora and Inderwal.
NC has released three lists of mandates so far and there are still many constituencies including three – Hazratbal, Sonwar and Zadibal – in Srinagar district, where candidates have not been finalised yet.
The party has not yet decided on the seat for Omar and though the leadership was divided over Ganderbal and Sonwar, the NC working president may ultimately fight the battle from the family’s traditional bastion Ganderbal in central Kashmir.
Omar had lost the elections from the seat in 2002 when he made his electoral debut in the state politics, but won comfortably in 2008.
Party sources said the process of finalising the mandates for the remaining constituencies was delayed because of the devastating floods that hit the state last month.