Former MLA and Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate from Ganderbal, Qazi Mohammad Afzal Thursday casted aspersions on reports claiming that chief minister Omar Abdullah may not contest from Ganderbal constituency.
“I really doubt whether such reports are correct or not as the chief minister in the recent past has not nullified the speculations that he is not contesting from Ganderbal. This could be the plan of National Conference that they float the news,” Qazi told KNS.
He, however, added that Omar would be reluctant in owing his face to the people of the district as on ground he hasn’t done anything for them. “Show me a single developmental project that has been constructed in Ganderbal. If such is the situation in the constituency of the chief minister you could imagine well what would be the situation in other places of the state.”
Commenting over his debacle during the 2008 elections, Qazi maintained that there could be some mistakes done by someone on his behalf but now the situation is different and people welcome and love him everywhere he goes. “I will pick up my agenda for the people wherefrom I had left that. My top priority would be the employment generation and channelizing youth talent.” Qazi lost the seat to Omar Abdullah in 2008 by the margin of 8215 votes. He earlier had defeated Omar in 2002 elections- paving way for him to the state cabinet as the forest minister.