Mehbooba Mufti to contest from Anantnag in J&K by-poll
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti filed her nomination papers for Anantnag assembly constituency by-election in south Kashmir, which had fallen vacant after the death of her father and then Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
Mehbooba, who has never lost an assembly election in her 26-year-long political career, was accompanied by her senior Peoples Democratic Party leaders.
Mehbooba has to be elected to either house of the state’s bicameral legislature within six months of assuming the office of the chief minister of the state.
The opposition National Conference has fielded Iftikhar Hussain Misgar and the Congress has picked on Hilal Ahmad Shah from the PDP’s south Kashmir bastion.
Mufti Muhammad Sayeed defeated his nearest rival Misgar in 2014 state assembly election by 6,000 votes while Shah of the Congress finished third in that contest.
Independent MLA from north Kashmir Langate constituency, Engineer Rashid has also said he will run against chief minister from Anantnag.
Mehbooba presently represents the south Kashmir Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Lok Sabha.
She has in the past won assembly elections thrice, in 1996 from Bijbehara, in 2002 from Pahalgam and in 2008 from Wachi assembly constituencies.