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NC fields Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar

The party also nominated another party candidate - Salman Sagar, Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation - for the seat

india Updated: Apr 13, 2009 15:56 IST

Ending weeks of suspense, ruling National Conference today decided to field its president Farooq Abdullah from prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, even as he remained undecided to contest the polls, slated to be held on May seven in the fourth phase of elections, party sources said.

The party, however, also nominated another party candidate -- Salman Sagar, Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation -- for the seat, Farooq Abdullah told reporters at the end of three-day consultations with party leaders here today.

He said being a president of the party he is reluctant to contest but party leaders are persuading him.
Asked why Sagar will file the nomination when he is contesting, Abdullah said he is in a dilemma whether to contest or not.
To a query that he contested from two assembly constituencies in last assembly polls and later contested the Rajya Sabha polls from the state and now jumping in the fray for Lok Sabha, Abdullah said "My life will end fighting elections".
However, he quipped, "this (contesting elections) keep me young and fit".
Abdullah said Sharifuddin Shariq will be party’s candidate from Baramulla where Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, is the sitting party MP.
Shaheen has represented the constituency for two successive terms and party needs him in the state now, Abdullah explained.