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PDP?s Nizam-ud-Din Bhat will face former PCC chief Ghulam Rasool Kar from this prestigious constituency of Jammu & Kashmir.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2004 15:32 IST

The battle lines between PDP and Congress, the two alliance partners in the state, were formally drawn on March 21, when both parties announced their candidates for the prestigious Baramullah Parliamentary constituency.

PDP’s Nizam-ud-Din Bhat will face former PCC chief Ghulam Rasool Kar. Dar’s candidature was announced late Saturday evening and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who is herself contesting from Anantnag, said she was confident of winning all the three seats in the Valley.

While PDP had been insisting on the its candidate for the seat, Congress wanted it to show its presence in the Valley. PDP leaders claim that the matter could have easily been sorted out. “Let the voters decide now,” Mehbooba said.

She dismissed criticism that her party had not delivered on its promises: “If you compare with what we inherited and what we have achieved, the results are spectacular,” she claimed. Life in Jammu and Kashmir is “more relaxed and tourists are coming in large numbers,” she claimed, to buttress her point.

First Published: Mar 22, 2004 17:07 IST