Srinagar, Mar 20: Opposition National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan today filed their nomination papers for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency which is going to by-polls on April 09.
Abdullah and Khan filed their nomination papers before the Returning Officer Farooq Ahmad Lone.
Abdullah was accompanied by senior leaders of NC and Congress including son and NC working president Omar Abdullah, PCC chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir, senior Congress leader and former Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra, while as Khan was flanked by senior PDP leader and Member Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, Minister for Youth Services & Sports Imran Raza Ansari, Mohammad Khurshid Aalam, Bashir Ahmad Mir and Muntazir Mohuidin to the Returning Officer in Srinagar for filing their nomination papers.
The by-election to Srinagar constituency has been necessitated by the resignation of Tariq Hamid Karra from the Lok Sabha in September last year in protest against alleged "brutalities" on protesters.
Karra had defeated Abdullah in 2014 Lok Sabha polls while contesting on a PDP ticket.
Karra, who recently joined Congress, is not contesting the polls this time following a seat-sharing agreement between National Conference and his new party.
Congress is contesting the South Kashmir Lok Sabha seat where Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir will take on PDP's Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The polling in south Kashmir is scheduled for April 12.
PDP candidate for Srinagar constituency, Khan also filed his papers today.
He was accompanied by PDP Lok Sabha MP from Baramulla and senior party leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh and former minister Imran Ansari.