According to NC Anantnag-Rajouri candidate Mian Altaf Ahmad, “I’m in a comfortable situation.”

As the most well-liked contender among those running on both sides of the Pir Panjal range, National Conference candidate Mian Altaf Ahmad said on Monday that he is in a “comfortable situation” for the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat.

“I feel accepted on both sides, Anantnag-Kulgam and Rajouri-Poonch. I am in a comfortable position. While on the campaign road, Ahmad told reporters, “I may be wrong in my assessment, but I believe the other parties contesting here do not have as much acceptability on both sides.”

In the wake of Jammu and Kashmir’s reorganisation, the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha seat was created by combining the districts of Anantnag and Kulgam from the former South Kashmir constituency with the districts of Rajouri and Poonch from the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency.

The leader of the National Conference (NC), who is from the Kangan assembly sector in the Ganderbal region of central Kashmir, rejected the idea that any of the candidates running were outsiders.

“I respect every one of my rivals. From here, Azad (Ghulam Nabi) is competing. It isn’t as though he is erring. He is entitled to challenge. He has also run from Maharashtra. Darhal (Rajouri) was the contestant and winner for my father, Mian Bashir Ahmad.

Mehbooba Mufti, a respected former chief minister, ran from Wachi (Shopian), whereas Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, a former state minister, ran from Uttar Pradesh. Ahmad said, “I do not want to comment on these issues,” and went on to name two more Lok Sabha members who did not originate from this area yet represented the South Kashmir seat.

The NC candidate said that his main goal is to revoke Article 370 and reduce a fully fledged state to two Union territories in order to reverse the choices made by the Center in August 2019.

I want to make an effort to connect with every block and tehsil within the constituency. I’ll listen to people’s concerns, but my major goal will be to address the injustices done after August 2019, the current condition of unpredictability, and the downsizing of a fully fledged state into two Union territories. This choice has not been embraced by the populace.

“In terms of development, I want to carry out in the Parliament constituency the same tasks that I completed in the Kangan assembly constituency. People have repeatedly voted for me because I have listened to the underprivileged, the young, and the jobless.

However, none of this is feasible until the political unrest resolves. This uncertainty is evident in Ladakh and Jammu, and it exists in Kashmir as well,” he said.