A total of 123 candidates are left in fray for the first phase of Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections scheduled for November 25, when 15 of the 87 segments are to vote, an official spokesman said.
Nazir Gurezi contesting from Gurez seat, Mohmmad Akbar Lone from Sonawari, Mian Altaf Ahmed from Kangan and Sajjad Kitchloo from Kishtwar are ministers of the Omar Abdullah led NC government who are in the election fray this time.
Nawang Rigzin Jora (Congress) contesting from Leh, Abdul Majid Wani (Congress) from Doda, Vakar Rasool Wani (Congress) from Banihal and chief executive councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Asgar Ali Karbalie (Congress) from Kargil are other candidates.
Three sitting MLAs, including GM Saroori (Congress) from Inderwal, Mohd Sharief Naiz (Congress) from Bhaderwah, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy (NC) from Doda, besides sitting MLAs Nizamudin Bhat (PDP) and Ashok Kumar (Congress) from Bandipora and Ramban segments will also be fighting this election. Former IAS officers Mehboob Iqbal and Bashir Ahmed Roniyal are contesting on PDP ticket from Bhaderwah and Banihal, while journalist-turned-politician Firdos Tak is in fray on PDP ticket from Kishtwar.
Just 2 in Leh
Two candidates are left in the fray for Leh — Congress’ Nawang Rigzin Jora and BJP’s Tsering Dorjay are in fray, he said. Jora is the sitting MLA while Dorjay is former chief executive of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. There were five candidates in fray for Leh in 2008. agencies