LS Anantnag seat:BJP not to field candidate, will support PDP

Police stopped joint resistance leaders from addressing presser on Thursday

Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency seat fell vacant after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was elected to the state Legislature.

For the last few days, at least three leaders of the party gave contradictory statements over the matter.

In the first such incident since the campaigning began for the bypolls for Srinagar and Anantnag constituencies, a group of youth pelted stones on the convention which was being held in the Dak Bunglow premises in Chawalgam area of Kulgam district, police official said.

Khanna and BJP state president Sat Sharma arrived here to consult local leaders about the upcoming bypolls for which the BJP has not yet announced any candidates.

"No decision has been taken over pre-poll alliance with PDP", Khanna said. Talking to reporters, Khanna said the "aim of the BJP was to add the two Lok Sabha seats of Kashmir to the NDA kitty".

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Reacting to Hizbul Mujahideen posters asking people to stay away from polls, Khanna said, "The militants should trust on the democracy and shun the path of violence".

Khanna, when asked about the separatists' call for boycott of the forthcoming elections, said people should participate in elections in large numbers and vote according to their will. "BJP has changed the country, which reflected in the (Assembly elections) results", the BJP national vice president said, adding, he was here to celebrate victory with party workers in Kashmir.

"We took the view of the party workers on the by-polls and we will discuss that within our team here".

Dr. Abdullah, who is contesting from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on April 9, said the bypolls present a vital opportunity for both people as well as NC "to valiantly defend the State from those who have propped up their Trojan horses among our ranks to fragment us on the basis of region and religion".

NC president Farooq Abdullah will contest from Srinagar while G A Mir, PCC chief to fight it out in Anantag, where the PDP has already announced the candidature of Tasaduq Mufti, son of former chief minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

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