A young lawyer in Kashmir was in the sights of at least two parties and has made his choice. Suhail Malik, 25, was announced as the BJP candidate from Dooru in south Kashmir on Saturday, but he had already accepted the ticket from Sajjad Lone’s People’s Conference two days earlier.
“I am the People’s Conference candidate from my home constituency,’’ says Malik, a Supreme Court lawyer, who joined the PC only a week ago when he met chairman Lone. “I am very thankful to BJP leaders for announcing my name from Dooru, but I prefer the regional party to the national party.” He adds other parties too have been approaching him. “Maybe the BJP leadership was impressed with me.”
Malik’s name was at number 10 in the BJP’s fourth list. BJP leaders now say it was a printing error, but his name was still on the party’s website in the evening. “He (Malik) is not our candidate, and we will nominate another candidate from the constituency. We will inform the press soon who the candidate from Dooru will be,” said BJP media adviser, Kashmir, Altaf Thakur.
Malik, son of a television broadcaster, has no previous political experience. The appearance of his name in two parties’ lists has become the subject of discussion on social media, with many noting how serious the BJP has been about choosing its candidates.