Omar Abdullah will not contest polls till return of statehood: Farooq Abdullah

Dr. Farooq, Omar Abdullah condole demise of Moulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari

Srinagar, Nov 03: National Conference President and former chief minister J&K, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said “Omar Abdullah will not contest assembly elections till statehood is not restored to J&K.

He also said the party has formulated new constituency heads with an aim to reinvigorate the enthusiasm into party workers at grassroots level, he said this after speaking to reporters in central Kashmir’s Budgam where he visited the residence of Aga Syed Rohullah to pay homage to his late father Aga Syed Mehdi on his 22nd death anniversary.

“Omar will not contest assembly polls in J&K till statehood is restored. He has already clarified it till statehood to J&K is not restored he will stay away from elections”, Dr Farooq as per KNS said.

To a query, Dr Farooq Abdullah said the party has finalised constituency incharge heads across J&K with an aim to inflict passion and enthusiasm to party leaders and workers at grassroots level. “The step was taken with an aim to reinvigorate party activities both in rural and urban parts of Kashmir. This will give new hope to party workers at grassroots level. They will reach out to people who have grievances “, Dr Farooq said.

“It is indispensable to make our party cadre active who have to meet all sections of the society”, he added.

On being asked whether it signals a seperate path of NC for elections from PAGD, he said, “PAGD is always there. These constituency incharges won’t be tomorrow’s MLA. Some People are saying whatever they like. We can’t reply to everyone. Let them to say. No body will be MLA till things are jointly (PAGD) deliberated upon”, Dr Farooq continued.

To a query, he replied, Dr Farooq always stood for Pahari status. “I fought for them to make the community developed when Ladakhis were given ST status,”, he added. (KNS)

NCST clears way for inclusion of “Pahari” community in ST list of JK UT

NCST clears way for inclusion of "Pahari" community in ST list of JK UT 1

NEW DELHI, Nov 03: National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has cleared the way for the inclusion of the “Pahari” community in the Scheduled Tribes list of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The commission has examined the proposal received from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.The commission supports the proposal on the basis of the recommendation of the Office of the Registrar General of India ” the NCST communicated.

The recommendations for the inclusion had come from the commission  headed by Justice (Retd.) G.D. Sharma in Jammu and Kashmir.

Assembly elections imperative to remove socio- political uncertainty in JK: Hakeem Yaseen

Hakim Yaseen

Srinagar Nov 01:Observing that Khag town in central Kashmir Budgam was educationally backward area , Chairman JK Peoples Democratic Front ( Jk PDF) and former Minister Hakeem Muhmmad Yaseen has demanded a separate Govt. Degree College at Khag.

He has also demanded construction of a mecadamised road from Khag upto nearby Tossamaidan tourist resort to give boost to tourism and economic activities in the area.

Speaking at a meeting of PDF workers and prominent citizens of Khag area ,which has been recently included in Khansahib Constituency by the Delimitation Commission , Hakeem Yaseen woved to develop khag area on modern lines where people shall have all the basic facilities at par with the urban areas . While assuring that all available resources would be mobilised and pooled for the holistic development of Khag , Hakeem Yaseen said that the area has been neglected on all fronts during the previous dispensations . The meeting was held to take stock of the prevailing socio- political scenario in JK Union Territory and expanding the public out reach programme of PDF . Chairman DDC Budgam Nazir Ahmad Khan attended the meeting as a special invitee. Hakeem Yaseen said that both main road network and internal road linkage in Khag area was in shambles which needs to be upgraded on priority basis so problems confronting the local people are redressed adequately . He said construction of a macadamized road from Khag upto picturesque Tossamaidan tourist resort was imperative for reviving tourism and economic activities in the reas .

PDF Chairman said since common people were unable to get thier problems solved due to the prevailing disconnect between the people and bearucracy , the PDF workers should reach out to the people at thier door steps to listen to thier problems so that these could be putforth before the concerned authorities at the highest level . He also asked the peole get thier families enrolled in the voter lists in thier respective areas so that they could elect MLA of thier choice as and when the Assembly elections are held in the JK Union Territory.

Hakeem Yaseen has also urged the Centre to hold assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as early as possible so that prevailing socio- political uncertainty was removed.(KNS)

BJP’s Sunil Sharma claims formation of govt in upcoming Assembly elections in J&K

BJP's Sunil Sharma claims formation of govt in upcoming Assembly elections in J&K 2

Jammu: Former minister and BJP leader Sunil Sharma on Wednesday said that BJP will form the next government on its own in Jammu and Kashmir and that they were ready for elections anytime.

Talking to reporters in Dooru, Sharma said that BJP was ready for elections in Jammu and Kashmir and the way Election Commission of India is preparing, “we hope elections will held soon here, ” news agency KNO reported.

He said that the “support BJP is getting from the people of Jammu and Kashmir” indicates that they (BJP) will form next government in J&K on its own.

He also said that the visits of Union Ministers to Jammu and Kashmir are routine ones and they have nothing to do with holding of elections in J&K.

INC announces 46 candidates for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections

INC announces 46 candidates for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 3

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday released its first list of 46 candidates for the November 12 assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, fielding its legislature party leader Mukesh Agnihotri from Haroli in Una district.

The party nominated former state Congress chiefs Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and Kuldeep Singh Rathore from Nadaun and Theog, respectively. Former state minister and former All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Asha Kumari has been fielded from her Dalhousie seat.

The party has fielded most of its sitting MLAs, including former chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh from the Shimla Rural constituency.

Senior INC leader Karan Singh demands early Assembly election in Jammu Kashmir

Senior INC leader Karan Singh demands early Assembly election in Jammu Kashmir 4

Srinagar: Senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh on Monday demanded early assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir and said that he was glad to see the world famous Dal Lake cleaned for the first time.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the AICC presidential voting at party’s Srinagar headquarters, Singh said that democracy cannot be ensured without the elections in Jammu and Kashmir, so all parties here have been demanding immediate conduct of the polls, news agency KNO reported.

“We have been hearing that the elections will be conducted in March next year, but there is no official confirmation yet. Congress and other parties have been demanding early polls and they should be held at an earliest,” he said. 

About the inclusion of non-local voters in J&K, he said that there is confusion over it and the things are not clear, so he cannot comment anything on the issue.

Singh said the government has been making claims about the developmental progress in the Union Territory, but on ground it may take some time to see the impact. “Dal Lake for the first time is cleaned. I am happy to see Dal Lake clean as I have personally witnessed this development,” he said.