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JAMMU: The dreams of many may be accomplished and many may fall flat in the upcoming Urban Local Bodies elections being held after 13 years in the State, process for which is already in full swing.
Though the mainstream opposition parties tried to play smart by announcing boycott to pressurise the Centre over the issue of Article 35A but the decision of holding polls changed the game.
Ultimately, the parties like Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference faced turbulent times in the hands of their loyalists, who quit the party to contest the ULB Polls.
However, the independent candidates, both who called it a day from their respective political parties and others, are all set to give tough time to candidates contesting under different political banners.
According to Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar 815 candidates had filed nomination papers today.
“Of these, 489 are independents, 306 from national political parties and 20 from regional parties,” said the DC.
From Jammu North, 269 candidates have filed nominations, comprising 41 of BJP, 40 of Congress, 14 of JKNPP, two of NCP, three of LJP five Shiv Sena Balasahib Thackeray, one from AAP, one from Hindustan Shakti Sena, one from Akhil Bhartiya Mahasabha and 161 independents.
“BJP and Congress have already invited criticism by ignoring deserving candidates to accommodate relatives and blue-eyed,” said sources.
They said that many independent candidates are up ante against party and have filed nominations as independents after being denied mandate by their parties.
Meanwhile political analysts feel that independent candidates coming in large numbers to contest these polls, particularly those deserting their parties, reflects the outburst against the political parties, which befooled people on development plank and got the votes earlier in Assembly elections of 2014.
According to political analysts, independent candidates are going to make merry after results will be announced as they have already turned nightmares for the contestants.
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