Lobbying begins for LC berth

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Jammu, Oct 31: Hectic lobbying has begun in state Congress to fill up the vacancy in the Legislative Council (MLC) and subsequent cabinet berth to be available following superannuation of Minister for Medical Education RS Chib in March next.
Sources in the party told Greater Kashmir that the Congress stalwarts having affiliation with both warring factions, each led by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and PCC chief Saif-ud-Din Soz, have started lobbying both in the state as well as in New Delhi to ensure that Chib does not get a second term.
Presently holding the important portfolios of Medical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Chib will complete his tenure in the state’s Upper House on March 15, next year. His superannuation will also create another berth in the council of ministers, especially for Congress which has three seats from its `share’ presently with its alliance partner National Conference.
“Many stalwarts are throwing hats into the ring, especially from the Azad camp”, a senior party leader, preferring not to be named said adding, “There is a soft corner in Soz camp for the minister and every effort is being made that he gets reelected but at the same time there are some leaders, who argue that they should get a chance”.
If sources are to be believed even Gulchain Singh Charak, presently party incharge for neighboring Punjab, was trying to stage a comeback as he was lobbying not only for MLC seat for even for the cabinet berth.
Prakash Sharma, former MLA and presently District President Samba, is also said to be a strong contender for the seat. Insiders said that being loyalist of Azad, Sharma has also earned goodwill in Soz group from last one year and can be a mutual candidate.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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