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Omar Abdullah says he is upbeat

india Updated: Nov 23, 2008 14:47 IST

Seeking re-election from the Ganderbal seat, where polling is underway on Sunday, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said he will "revive" the unfulfilled work that were initiated by his father and late grand father here if elected.

The NC chief said he is "upbeat" and left "my fate in the hands" of the people of Ganderbal, where he tasted defeat at the hands of PDP candidate Qazi Mohammad Afzal in 2002 Assembly elections.

"We ran a good campaign. We ran an organised campaign. I think we ran a campaign that reached out to people, that got the essential components of our message across," he said.

"Now it is in the hands of the almighty and in the hands of the people of Ganderbal," he said.

Asked about the promises he has made to the people of his constituency, Abdullah said: "This constituency has a lot unfilled promises, unfilled work that were initiated both by my grandfather (Sheikh Abdullah) and subsequently by my father(Farooq Abdullah) which I believe need to be revived."

Twelve candidates, including Abdullah, are in the fray in this prestigious constituency, once considered as bastion of National Conference.

There are 738 migrant voters, including 284 women, in Ganderbal segment. 80-year-old Ghulam Rasool Malik was among the first voters to cast his ballot at Duderhama polling station.