North Kashmir anyone’s bet

North Kashmir anyone’s bet

President of Awami Ithad Party and former MLA Langate Er Rasheed deciding to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls would make the contest in Baramulla constituency more interesting.
If one goes by the statistics people in north Kashmir are not that averse to the voting and they do come forward to exercise their franchise. Er Rasheed joining the poll fray can make things difficult for National Conference as the party is making every possible attempt to win back north Kashmir, where it had strong foothold a few ago.
Chairman of Peoples Conference Sajad Gani Lone has been camping in Handwara and is visiting the far-flung areas of the district to ensure that his party makes a difference this time around. In 2009 Sajad contested the LS polls from Baramulla constituency unsuccessfully and in 2014 PC candidate Salamdin Bajad couldn’t make a much difference.
Not many people have written off Peoples Democratic Party in north Kashmir as there is every possibility about party throwing a surprise.
The field in north Kashmir has been thrown wide and open and no one can say that who would win from there. Political parties are also aware about the fact that boycott factor may not be that effective in Kupwara, Handwara, Uri and other frontier areas so winning elections depends entirely upon how many votes these parties would be able to garner.
Senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz too has succeeded in getting the ticket for his son, Salman Soz from Baramulla constituency. Junior Soz can also run away with some votes and this number could prove decisive at the end. One thing is for sure that elections in north Kashmir would be worth watching.