Denied mandate Mir quits NC

Srinagar, Nov 9: Angry over denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly polls, senior National Conference leader and former legislator Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir quit the party and announced formation o...

Srinagar, Nov 9: Angry over denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly polls, senior National Conference leader and former legislator Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir quit the party and announced formation of a new party.
 "I have resigned from National Conference and will fight as an independent candidate from Rajpora constituency of Pulwama district", Mir told a public rally at village Muran, 40 kms from here in south Kashmir.
 Mir, who won the 1996 Assembly election from Rajpora on NC ticket, also announced formation of a new party 'Awami Front' at the rally attended by a large number of party supporters.
 He said the Front would work towards welfare of the people and root out elements exploiting the sentiments of the people.
 "Doors of the party would remain open for those who have been exploited by the leadership", he said.
 The National Conference has nominated Ghulam Nabi Wani (Niloora) as party candidate from Rajpora constituency giving him precedence over Mir, who was district secretary of the party.
 Mir had defeated Ghulam Nabi Wani of then Janata Dal candidate in 1996 elections by a margin of over 9,000 votes.
 Terming the denial of party ticket to him as a "childish act", Mir accused National Conference leadership of thrusting upon people such candidates who have no public service to their credit.

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