NC Likely To Sweep Kargil Council Poll

NC Likely To Sweep Kargil Council Poll

4 August 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: Preparations for elections to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, are in full swing and the ruling National Conference is likely to sweep the elections. Elections to the Kargil council will be held on August 22. A total of 180 candidates have filed their papers in the 26 constituencies. Today was the last day for filing of nomination papers. The last day for withdrawal of papers is August 6. The Ladakh region was given hill development council status in 1995 and Leh and Kargil districts were granted separate councils. People of both districts elect their representatives to run the council and decide about the development issues of the area. Kargil is dominated by the Shia population with some Sunni and Buddhist population in the Zanskar area. The National Conference has been dominating almost every election in the Kargil district. This time, the NC is contesting elections in alliance with the Islamia School Kargil. “We are contesting 18 seats and are supporting the Islamia school on eight seats. We are ahead of other parties here. We expect to do better and form the new council,” said Qamar Ali Akhoon, National Conference legislator from Kargil. The National Conference is in a straight contest with the Congress in the elections, with the People's Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party not having a base in the region. The National Conference and the Congress are coalition partners in the state, but are contesting against each other in Ladakh. “The National Conference and the Congress are in coalition in state. We are contesting the elections against each other in Kargil, but in a friendly atmosphere,” Akhoon said. The Kargil district comprises two Assembly seats and both have National Conference legislators. Going by statistics and the ground reality, the National Conference is way ahead. The Kargil elections are considered important in view of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections due next year. “Elections will give a boost to National Conference workers all over the state. The party is doing well in Kargil and the momentum is shifting to the National Conference in Jammu as well as the Valley,” said a senior National Conference leader on the condition of anonymity.