PDP's Tariq Qarra files nomination from Srinagar
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hamid Qarra filed nomination papers from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Kashmir, which will go to polls on April 30, on Wednesday.india Updated: Apr 09, 2014 20:37 IST
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tariq Hamid Qarra filed nomination papers from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in Kashmir, which will go to polls on April 30, on Wednesday.
Qarra, the former finance minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was accompanied by PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to the office of Returning Officer and Sriangar deputy commissioner Farooq Ahmad Shah.
Sayeed told reporters that if elected, PDP candidates will raise the voice of oppression on the youth of the state in the Parliament.
Sayeed said his party had done a lot for Srinagar when it came to power in 2002.
"We have written a new chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir in 2002. No youth was jailed and no political prisoner was seen anywhere. We tried to carry forward a process of peace to normalise the situation here. We are going to the people to get their confidence. We have put our best foot forward and are hopeful of good results. There is an environment of change in the state," he said.
He said he does not want to foretell what the results would be.
"I do not want to foretell anything. I tried to make Srinagar city as Venice. This is a historical city and we had an all-round development here. What has this government done?" he said. Sayeed also welcomed Hurriyat chairman Umer Farooq's letter appealing the people of the country to hold accountable their elected representatives for resolution of Kashmir issue.
"I welcome Mirwaiz's letter. We accept that Hurriyat has an identity here and during the NDA rule, talks were held with it. Hurriyat has a role here and we support this step," he said.
The notification for elections to Srinagar Parliamentary constituency, where more than 96% polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive or sensitive, was issued on April 2.
Wednesday is the last date for filing of nominations for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, while the scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on April 10. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 12.
The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat - spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, has 11.71lakh voters who are eligible to cast their votes at 1,546 polling stations to be set up in the constituency.
The ruling National Conference has fielded union minister Farooq Abdullah as its candidate for the constituency, while Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Raja Muzaffar Bhat, an RTI activist turned politician.
Awami Ittehad Party has fielded journalist-turned-politician Rashid Rahil as its candidate from the constituency.