Intense lobbying for LC nominations begins

Intense lobbying for LC nominations begins

They informed that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is eyeing on to balance the ratio of upper house and was likely to nominate some members from Kashmir in a bid to lay its foot print in the valley.

The election notification for eleven Legislative Council seats issued yesterday has triggered intense lobbying within the major political parties with party leaders denied tickets in LA polls joining the race in seeking nomination.     

The notified seats are falling vacant next month and the biennial elections to elect the new members would be held on March 2.

Insiders of various parties informed Greater Kashmir that the leaders who were denied tickets in assembly polls but given responsibility to lead election campaign are the front runners in the race for nominations. “They are projecting their performance in assembly polls to claim berth of MLC,” they said.

They informed that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is eyeing on to balance the ratio of upper house and was likely to nominate some members from Kashmir in a bid to lay its foot print in the valley.   

However, sources said the two main stake holders—Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP—have not started the short listing of nominees for upper house as yet. National Conference and Congress have also kept their cards close to the chest.   

NC-Congress combine, that scuttled designs of BJP to stall Ghulam Nabi Azad re-entry into Rajya Sabha, is yet to make any official announcement regarding contesting LC elections jointly.

As per ECI schedule, February 18 will be the last date for filing nomination papers.

Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on February 19 and February 21 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.

Polling will be held on March 2 from 9 am to 4 pm and counting of votes will be taken up the same day from 5 pm onwards and entire election process will be completed by March 7.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, BJP general secretary, Ashok Koul said that the parliamentary board will take decision on candidates.

When asked possible front runners, he said that there were many general secretaries, vice presidents who may be nominated for the berth. 

“It will take at least 10 days to scrutinize the candidates who are eligible for the berth and final call will be taken by the Parliamentary Board,” he added.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Naeem Akhter said, “The party will nominate candidates at the earliest.”

Congress chief spokesperson, Ravinder Sharma said that the party will identify the candidates ‘who have potential to win the seats and nominate them soon’.

Meanwhile, National Conference spokesperson, Junaid Mattoo informed that senior party leaders have started deliberations and ‘They will nominate candidates any time before the deadline’.