The Congress and the National Conference, today, sealed an alliance to fight the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. While they shares three seats, in the remaining three constituencies they will have friendly contest. .
“Congress and National Conference have finalised an alliance. Dr Farooq Abdullah will contest from Srinagar while the Congress will field candidates from Jammu and Udhampur,” said Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmad Mir.
Abdullah said the two parties are also discussing an arrangement for the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat. However, they said that there will be a “friendly contest” between the two parties for Anantnag, Baramulla ,and Ladakh seats.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the alliance has been finalised in national interest and will strengthen the secular forces in J&K as the state faces threat from Pakistan. He added that the alliance will ensure there is no division of secular votes and BJP doesn’t benefit. He said all Congress leaders will also campaign for Abdullah for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat which he currently represents.
“Friendly contest means that there will be no cut-throat contest between us on these two seats (Anantnag and Baramulla). If either Congress or NC wins, it’s a win-win situation for both of us,” Azad said.