National Conference, Congress announce alliance in Jammu and Kashmir for Lok Sabha polls

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah made the announcement.

Published: 20th March 2019 03:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2019 02:06 PM   |  A+A-

Farooq Abdullah, Ghulam Nabi Azad

National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad address a press conference in Jammu Wednesday. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

JAMMU:  After tough negotiations, National Conference (NC) and Congress on Wednesday sealed seat-sharing arrangement for the six parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

While the Congress will contest the two Jammu seats, the NC will field its candidate in the Srinagar constituency.

The remaining three seats will see a “friendly contest” between the two parties.

“We are united. The Congress will contest two Lok Sabha seats in Jammu, while Farooq Abdullah will be the joint NC-Congress candidate from the Srinagar seat,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Jammu.

He announced the seat-sharing arrangement in a joint press conference with Farooq Abdullah and other NC and Congress leaders.

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Abdullah said there would be a “friendly contest” between the two parties on Baramulla and Anantnag seats in the Valley and Ladakh.

“A friendly contest means that two parties will not go hard against each other and will make a joint effort to defeat the opponents. It matters little which of us wins, as the victory itself will boost our fight against communalism. We are not fighting against each other but against a third party (BJP),” Azad said.

Azad announced that party leaders would campaign for Abdullah in Srinagar.

“I, Ambika Soni and other Congress leaders will campaign for him,” he said.

Asked whether the arrangement would work, Azad said, “It will definitely work. We have good presence in both the regions (Kashmir and Ladakh) where there will be friendly fight. We trust the voters to make the right choice.” Abdullah, too, voiced hope that the arrangement will fetch electoral dividend.

Abdullah senior blasts PM over dynasty barb 

National Conference president and three-time former CM Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday defended dynastic politics. Addressing a joint press conference with Congress leaders in Jammu, Abdullah said,

“What do you mean by dynastic politics? If son of an actor becomes an actor, is it a dynastic thing? Similarly, if a director makes his son a director, is it a dynastic thing?” the NC president said.

“I am Sheikh Abdullah’s son. I grew up learning politics,” he said.

Taking a dig PM Modi and BJP leaders, he said, “Those who are talking of dynastic politics don’t have any other issue to raise.”

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