PAGD Says Will Take Part In Upcoming DDC Elections, Dr Farooq To Declare Names Of Candidates


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Jammu, Nov 7: In a major political development in Jammu and Kashmir, the recently-floated People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Saturday announced it will contest the forthcoming District Development Council elections.

Announcing the decision taken at their meeting in Jammu earlier during the day, PAGD spokesperson Sajad Lone said that modalities for fielding common candidates will be worked out. However, the list of candidates will be released by National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is heading the PAGD.

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is going to first ever DDC elections on party basis in eight phases beginning November 28. The last phase of polling is scheduled to take place on December 19.

The PAGD has members from among mainstream political parties including the NC and PDP, apart from Peoples Conference, CPI(M) and Awami National Conference.

On August 4 last year, the signatories to the Gupkar Declaration – so named because they met at the residence of Farooq Abdullah at Gupkar Road in Srinagar – had vowed to “defend identity, autonomy and special status” of J&K.


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