Srinagar: Peoples Conference lead by Sajad Lone announced the party candidates for Baramulla and Srinagar Parliament seats on Monday.
The party’s central election committee finalised the names of Raja Aijaz Ali for Baramulla Lok Sabha seat and Irfan Reza Ansari for Srinagar seat, a spokesperson of the Peoples Conference said.
Former IG and political leader Raja Aijaz Ali, will represent the party from North while Irfan Reza Ansari will be our candidate for Srinagar Parliament seat, a party spokesperson said in a release.
“Peoples Conference Central Election Committee (CEC) met under the chairmanship of Sajad Gani Lone to deliberate on probable party candidates for the upcoming Parliament elections. After detailed discussion & thorough consideration, the CEC has finalized the names of Raja Aijaz Ali for Baramulla seat and Irfan Reza Ansari for Srinagar seat,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added, “Raja Aijaz Ali, a former police officer who retired as IGP, contested the Assembly Elections in 2014 from Uri and ended up as runner up with almost 19000 votes while prominent businessman and industrialist Irfan Reza Ansari is son of Late Moulvi Ifthikar Hussain Ansari & social activist of note. The party leadership expressed full confidence in the ability of its candidates to represent and defend the aspirations & sentiments of the people of J&K in the Parliament of India.”
The statement added that Peoples Conference will be a ‘breath of fresh air’ in comparison with the status-quo politics of NC & PDP.
“We will serve the people with earnest dedication so as to realize the potential of ‘Kashmiri dreams’ and work hard towards real empowerment of the masses especially economic empowerment. It is our commitment to improve opportunities for youth and reverse decades of anti youth policies adapted by successive NC-PDP governments.” the spokesperson said.
According to observers PC would be locked in direct contest with NC in north Kashmir. The PC has strengthened in the region after prominent political bigwigs like Imran Raza Ansari, Abdul Gani Vakil, Raja AIjaz Ali, Irfan Panditpuri and others joined the party.