Municipal elections: Mother, sons join poll fray

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In north Kashmir’s Baramulla town Touseef Raina chairman of NGO Global Youth Foundation has joined the poll fray along with his mother and brother.

According to report Published by The Tribune, Tauseef Raina, 26 is contesting as an Independent for the post of a councilor from Ward No. 15 of the Baramulla municipal council. Raina’s mother Farida is also contesting election from Ward No. 1 while his brother Shahid-ul Islam is contesting from Ward No. 15.

“I believe in democracy and nobody has in a real sense taken it to grass-roots in Kashmir so that common people will be benefitted by the welfare and developmental schemes,” The Tribune quoted Raina as saying, adding his politics is for development of the town.

The report quoted Raina as saying that people with high integrity and credibility should join politics to empower the common people of the state.

According to Raina, Baramulla town has been neglected by political leaders for long. Nobody has cared about the faulty drainage and filthy banks of the Jhelum passing through the town, he told The Tribune.

Baramulla district has two councils — Baramulla and Sopore — and five municipal committees, including Uri, Watergam, Pattan, Kunzer, and Tangmarg. It has 88 wards and 91,632 voters. The Baramulla council will go to the polls on October 8

The ULB polls will be held in four phases from 8 to 16 October. The panchayat elections will be held in nine phases on a non-party basis beginning 17 November. The notification for the first phase of panchayat elections will be issued on 23 October.

The two major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decided to boycott the polls, saying that the central government is yet to declare its stand on Article 35A.

PDP MP’s brother resigned from party to contest polls