J&K DDC polls: ANC leader accuses BJP of creating troubles for PAGD candidates

Lubna Fayaz

Srinagar (NVI): Awami National Conference (ANC) Vice President Muzaffar Shah today alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was creating troubles for the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) candidates ahead of the District Development Council (DDC) polls.

He said the BJP was trying to stop PAGD candidates from contesting the polls. He also accused the returning officer of a district development council (DDC) constituency in Khanmoh of bias.

He said, “It is a conspiracy and BJP is trying hard to stop PAGD candidates from contesting the elections. The returning officer tried to reject the nomination of our candidate a few hours after accepting it.”

“The nomination of our candidate was accepted after scrutiny at 12:15 pm (on Tuesday). He was authorised to open a bank account and an expenditure register was also handed over to him. Then around 5 pm, he was called to the office only to be informed that his form was not accepted,” Shah said while addressing a press conference here.

“The same officer has earlier written accepted on his form, later prefixed ‘not’ to accepted and even tried to write ‘rejected’,” he added.

Shah was accompanied by Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPMM) president Javaid Mustafa Mir.

ANC and JKPMM are both part of the PAGD and the amalgam had given the mandate to contest the DDC polls from Khanmoh constituency.

While urging Election Commission’s intervention, he termed it as “a blot on the election process”.

“This is a forgery. It is a blot on the whole election system and the chief election commissioner should take action immediately,” he said.

The DDC elections in Jammu and Kashmir are scheduled to be begin from November 28.