Mir filed his nomination papers before Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) Khursheed Ahmed Sanie at the Sub-Divisional Magistrate's office late this afternoon. "I am seeking mandate from the people based on the development works undertaken by me in my constituency. I have delivered fully on my manifesto...," Mir told a rally after filing his nomination papers.

Mir was minister for Road and Buildings in the Mufti Sayeed Government from 2002 to 2005 and later in the Omar Abdullah government as Tourism Minister. He won the 2008 Assembly elections by polling 15,870 votes against 9,952 of his rival Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi of PDP. In 2002, Mir won the seat by getting 14,461 votes and his rival Syed Manzoor Ahmad of NC got only 3,119.

Hitting out at PDP and NC, Mir said he has sown the seeds of development in this constituency since he started working in the constituency in 1996.

"There is huge development of Tourism infrastructure, setting up of Verinag Development Authority, degree college, polytechnic college, university campuses, road bridges, hospital, etc.," he said. Asserting that Congress will win majority of the seats to form new government in the state, he said.

Maintaining that Congress is the only party which has secular and development charter, he appealed to the people to vote for it. Lambasting BJP, he said those who killed people in Gujarat now want to rule Kashmir by reaping benefit of polarisation. "It will not happen as the this land is known for secularism," he said, adding that people should strengthened the roots of secularism. The assembly constituency goes to polls on the fourth phase on December 14.

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