Omar Seeks Re-election From Srinagar
23 March 2004
Srinagar: The National Conference President and former Union Minister Omar Abdullah would seek re-election for the Parliament from the Srinagar constituency while a sitting MLA is among the five candidates announced by the party who would test their fortune in the upcoming elections. Omar Abdullah had earlier floated an impression that he was not interested in the parliamentary elections and was more focussed on his 'contribution' to the state politics. 'The parliamentary board of the party decided to field me again from Srinagar and this would not affect my activities on the local political scene', Omar said during a press conference at his residence while announcing the names of the party candidates. The other candidates include Abdur Rashid Shaheen (Baramulla-Kupwara), Dr Mehboob Baigh (Anantnag-Pulwama), Surjit Singh Salathia (Jammu- Poonch) and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhay (Udhampur-Doda). Mr Shaheen would also seek re-election while Mr Baigh, who is the provincial president of the party is presently representing Anantnag Assembly segment. Mr Salathia and Mr Suharwardhy, both former ministers have lost the Assembly elections in 2002.