Massive Show Of Strength By Cong In Doda, Bhaderwah

5 November 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu: The Congress today went for a massive show of strength in the Doda and Bhaderwah Assembly constituencies where the party candidates filed their nomination papers. Before filing nominations, the candidates were accompanied by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and thousands of supporters. Bhaderwah is Azad's home constituency from where he has won the elections twice, the 2005 byelections and the 2008 Assembly elections. This time, Azad's cousin Mohammad Sharief Niaz is contesting on the party ticket. From the Doda Assembly seat, Azad's close associate Abdul Majeed Wani, who held charge of the Public Works Department in Omar Abdullah's government, is contesting the elections. On both seats, the Congress candidates are facing a tough competition. On the Doda seat, the National Conference (NC) and BJP candidates are giving a fight to Wani while on the Bhaderwah seat, the BJP and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are trying to take away the seat from the Congress. On Monday, the NC and the BJP candidates in Doda went for a show of strength and managed to gather thousands of supporters before filing nominations. In Bhaderwah, the BJP candidate also put up a good show. Azad has been camping in the Chenab region for the past many days to minimise the effect of any kind of polarisation of anti-incumbency. Addressing rallies in Doda and Bhaderwah, Azad sought the votes of the people and said only the Congress could ensure equitable and balanced development in all regions and sub-regions of the state. 'Only the Congress can ensure continuity in the ongoing development activities in backward regions such as the Chenab valley.' He reminded people of the Chenab valley of the work done by the governments from 2002 onwards, particularly by his government from 2005 to 2008.