High drama in Rajouri forces adjournment of election

Srinagar, Feb 13: A high pitched drama triggered by internal rebellion within National Conference and fears of cross voting by Congress led to postponement of DDC Chairman’s election in district Rajouri.

Official sources told news agency Kashmir News Observer that the election process which began at 11:30 lacked quorum even as PAGD had nine members on record. Only four of National Conference, three of Congress and one from PDP turned. The BJP and Apni Party had abstained.

The fifth NC candidate, Khalid Choudhary, who stayed away for one and half hour made a dramatic entry at 1 PM raising the hopes for smooth election.

However, upon arrival he said he can mark his entry only if the candidature is changed to him and the official NC candidate Naseem Liaqat is made to withdraw. This caused a stalemate leading to deferment of elections even as the meeting remained short of quorum. (KNO)

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