Akbar Lone jumps first time into LS poll fray

Has represented Sonawari assembly segment thrice for NC
Akbar Lone jumps first time into LS poll fray
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Muhammad Akbar Lone, the National Conference candidate for Baramulla parliamentary constituency has represented Sonawari assembly segment three times for the party. It is the first time that the party has fielded him from the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency.

After completing his LLB from the Aligarh Muslim Universityin 1972, Lone has been actively participating in the Kashmir politics.

After he was denied mandate by the National Conference, heunsuccessfully fought the 1977 assembly election on Janta Party ticket.

As the state politics started witnessing new developments in1978, Lone along with Abdul Ghani Lone, Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Nizam-u-DinBhat, Shamim Ahmad Shamim became part of newly formed People's Conference. Lonefought the 1983 assembly election on the ticket of People's Conference fromSonawari constituency, again losing the fight.

Lone joined the National Conference in 1987. During the 1996elections, the NC fielded him against the Awami League candidate and notoriouscounter insurgent Kuka Parray, and he lost the polls.

In 2002, Lone defeated Awami League candidate with anoverwhelming majority and has retained the Sonawari assembly constituency bothin 2008 and 2014 elections.

During Omar Abdullah-led Government, Lone was a cabinetminister and later served as speaker of the assembly. As the speaker, heengaged in a nasty verbal duel with Iftikhar Hussain Ansari and abused the PDPleader from the Speaker's podium.

Lone is known in the party for his fiery statements so muchso that even Omar Abdullah during a recent election rally at Tangmarg said,"Lone often raises my blood pressure."

During an election rally in Kupwara, Lone defended his'Pakistan Zindabad' slogan that he had raised in the assembly when the BJPmembers were raising slogans against that country.

"If any one abuses Pakistan, I will abuse him 10 times," hetold the rally.

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