PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday attacked ruling National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for doing nothing for his Ganderbal constituency as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after "promising sky" during polls.
Enthusiasm to take part in the democratic process by exercising their right to franchise transcended the age boundaries in this central Kashmir district on Tuesday as old and young alike, the many-time voters and the first-time ones, came out to vote.
The ruling National Conference's traditional bastion Ganderbal is set for a triangular fight with PDP, NC and an Independent contesting the polls after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided not to contest from the constituency which goes to polls on November 25.
Opposition PDP on Thursday said the Centre should take on board all stakeholders as part of a politically-inclusive and development-intensive agenda for the state and take measures to address both the internal and external dimensions of the Kashmir issue.
In his first appearance in Ganderbal after deciding not to seek re-election from the constituency, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said he had realised that time had come for the people to have their "own representative".
A day after announcing that he will not be fighting Assembly polls from family bastion Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said people of all constituencies of the state were equally dear to him in his "mission to serve sincerely and equitably".
With Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah deciding against seeking re-election from Ganderbal, the decades-old relationship of the Abdullah family with the constituency, considered to be its stronghold, will come to an end.
Ending speculation over his choice of Assembly seat, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will contest from two constituencies in the upcoming elections instead of family bastion Ganderbal from where he was elected in 2008.
Although it now needs only a formal announcement, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appears to have decided against contesting from Ganderbal in the forthcoming assembly elections, thereby ending the 37-year-old political tryst of the Abdullahs with their once strongest bastion in Kashmir.
Three more pilgrims including a Sadhu on Thursday died en-route to the 3,880-metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to eight, officials said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday brushed aside reports that he had decided to move out from his Ganderbal Assembly segment to contest from a "safer seat" in the 2014 Assembly Elections.