DDC Polls: Congress backs Gupkar Alliance

According to the candidate list, of 27 constituencies that are going for polls in the first phase, National Conference (NC) will fight on 21 seats, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on four seats and Peoples Conference (PC) on two seats.
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Srinagar, Nov 13: After a marathon meeting at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s residence at Gupkar, the Congress on Friday extended its support to Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to contest the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) polls together.

Two senior Congress leaders participated in Friday’s meeting in which the candidate list for the second phase of DDC polls were discussed.

Talking to the media, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Monga said that his party stands united with the Alliance.

“We had a fruitful meeting today. All the participants put forth their point of view. There are no disagreements,” Monga said.

The newly floated, PAGD, an amalgam of various political parties formed to work for the restoration of J&K’s special status, had decided to contest the polls “unitedly”.

However, the absence of Congress in the past two PAGD meeting had raised eyebrows about party’s support to the PAGD alliance.

Monga said the Congress fully endorses the PAGD’s resolve to restore the special status of J&K.

PAGD coordinator and NC leader Hasnain Masoodi told Rising Kashmir that Congress has assured its support to the Alliance and would be the part of the seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming DDC polls.

“Though Congress had already given its consent for PAGD formation. Today they also assured their support to the alliance for the DDC polls as well,” Masoodi said.

Masoodi said the deliberation to finalise the candidate list for the second phase will be completed by tomorrow (Saturday) evening.

PAGD Thursday fielded 27 candidates for the first phase of the upcoming DDC polls.

According to the candidate list, of 27 constituencies that are going for polls in the first phase, National Conference (NC) will fight on 21 seats, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on four seats and Peoples Conference (PC) on two seats.

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