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SRINAGAR: Taking a jibe at BJP state president Ravinder Raina's comment that his party is hopeful of achieving 50-plus seats in the next Assembly elections, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said it can only happen in their dreams. "In their dreams!!!" Abdullah, the former chief minister of the state, wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. He was reacting to a tweet which read, "BJP targets 50-plus seats in Assembly polls to form its own government."

The BJP won 100 wards in the recently concluded Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls in Kashmir valley. It won 76 wards unopposed, while bagged 24 wards out of 186 wards, which went to the polls. Nearly 70 per cent of wards did not witness any polling in the valley as there was either no candidate at all or there was only one. The performance of BJP, which opened its account in Kashmir, could be attributed to the NC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) besides Communist Party of India (M) boycotting the ULB elections in the state, alleging that state and Central governments failed to clear their stand on Article 35 A.

The BJP failed to open its account in Kargil and Leh despite its MP Thupstan Chhewang representing the Ladakh Parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha. In the last Assembly election, BJP failed to make inroads in the valley, where all of its candidates, except one, lost their deposits in 2014 elections. The BJP had won all the 25 seats from Jammu region though the PDP emerged the single largest party with 28 and NC bagged 15 seats. PDP and NC won seats from all over the Jammu and Kashmir.

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SRINAGAR: PDP President and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asserted that her Party has a critical role in the present situation in the State and asked her workers to reach out to people to get them out of present critical times. Chairing a meeting of office bearers of Baramulla Assembly constituency here today, Mehbooba Mufti asked her Party workers to reach out to people and help them in the redressal of their grievances. She regretted that virtually there seems to be an administrative onslaught on people with no accountability being fixed anywhere in the official system.

“From security situation to deliverance of basic services, people are suffering and administrative machinery seems to be immune to their cries”, she said and added that this situation further leads to alienation among masses which is not good for the State and society. It is now the responsibility of PDP cadre to reach out to them and help them come out of this situation, she added.

The PDP President said giving relief to people and getting them out of the uncertain atmosphere has been the core philosophy of her Party and this unwavering stand did not get influenced with the Party being in power in the past. The meeting was also attended by Vice President, A R Veeri; MLA, Baramulla, Javed Beigh; District President, Irshad Kar; Zonal Presidents and other prominent workers of the constituency.

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SRINAGAR: People's Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Tuesday smashed former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for naming the contestants of the recently-concluded urban local body elections as ‘rogues’ through her tweet. Lone said Mehbooba’s remarks were pointless and shameless . and even mentioned that , “if they(PDP) don’t contest then contestants are rogue and lured by money”.

Through his tweet Lone said , “One of the most shameless statements. The standards she uses to judge contestants. By those standards she was as rogue when they contested in 1996 and 2002. How many votes were polled when they were in Govt in 2002. Does she not remember that?” An interview given to New Delhi-based “ The Print”, Mehbooba had said many “rogue elements” who came forward for the elections were lured by money. “Unfortunately, not many good people came forward to fight this election because of the peculiar situation, which will have far-reaching consequences in future,” she had said.

With this Lone also stated that Mehbooba met many of the contestants whom she called rogue elements. With his series of tweets he said “And incidentally she has met many of the contestants whom she calls rogue and lured by money. Bcos she also wants to have a say on mayoral election. Wow what a double speak. Btw one example @Junaid_Mattu is much more qualified than you Mam,” .

He further pondered whether the PDP sitting MLC’s son and brother who participated in the municipal elections were also rogues , pointing that he said “ PDP sitting MLC’s son and brother took part in Poonch elections. Wonder they were rogue and did it for the lure of money. Mehboobaji needs to answer that”. After Mehbooba's tweet about calling muncipal election contestants "rogues", Sajad Lone lashed on her through his number of tweets and called her barefaced for her comment on Tweeter.

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