With an eye on the upcoming general elections, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started hectic parleys to finalize panels of candidates’ among whom some will be elected to represent people in the Parliament.
Sources in PDP told KNS, that for Udhampur Parliamentary constituency, the Parliamentary Board has almost made its mind to field Arshid Malik. “For North South and the Central Kashmir, the Political Affairs Committee the highest policy making body of the party is scheduled to hold series of meetings to finalize the panels of candidates,” sources told KNS.
Sources said that for North Kashmir Parliamentary constituency, the political affairs committee is scheduled to meet on October 22. “After that meet the committee is scheduled to meet again to finalize the panel of candidates for South Kashmir and Central Kashmir Parliamentary constituencies,” sources revealed to KNS.
However, the party has evolved a consensus over the fact that it would reach out to the people with a message of having “credible, honest and articulate” representatives in parliament and the Legislative Assembly.
The Political Affairs Committee of the part which met here on Saturday evening was attended by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Mehbooba Mufti PDP president, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, Syed Altaf Bukhari and Naeem Akhter. The meeting, chaired by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, reviewed the prevalent political situation in the state and discussed party affairs in the context of the upcoming general elections.
The meeting opined that the party should try and field serious and competent candidates to provide a better alternative to voters, sources in the party told KNS. Besides the poll strategy, the important issues to be taken up by the party were discussed in the meeting.
During the meeting it was resolved by the party that the self rule was the only solution to the Kashmir issue. PDP has also decided to form campaign committees in each parliamentary constituency where the senior leaders and legislators will apprise the people about the policies and programmes of the party, sources privy to agenda of the meeting told KNS.