JK: NPP release list of 33 candidates

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Srinagar, Nov 2: Releasing the list of 33 more candidates for as many assembly segments in the Kashmir valley, National Panthers Party (NPP) chief Bhim Singh today alleged that the leaders of the party were not being provided security cover by the authorities.

Mohammad Iqbal Jan, detained in Tihar jail, has already filed his papers as a party candidate from Bandipora while Syed Abbas Shah will contest from Sonawari constituency going to polls on November 17 in the first phase, Mr Singh told a news conference here.

He released the list of other candidates for 33 constituencies in the Valley. These included four women candidates.

However, he said candidates for ten constituencies-- Anantnag and Shangus in south Kashmir and eight in Srinagar district will be announced later.

He said 3 candidates for Jammu city will be announced tomorrow.

The party has already issued a list of 33 candidates for Jammu province.

Mr Singh alleged that security cover was not being provided to the candidates of the NPP.

Abdul Majid Sheikh, a candidate of the party from Sonawari, going to polls on November 17, was still not being provided security or vehicle so far, he complained.

He said despite directions by the Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda to chief of security in the state, no security cover or vehicle was provided to NPP leaders.

He will take up the matter with the Election commission of India (ECI) during his visit to Delhi soon, he added.


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