Lok Sabha polls 2019: National Conference offers 2 seats to Congress in J&K friendly tie-up

The Congress and the National Conference finalised their alliance in Jammu and Kashmir with just three weeks to go for the national General elections 2019.

Under their seat sharing agreement, the Congress would contest the two seats in Jammu and are expected to have a “friendly contest” with the National Conference in two seats of Baramulla and Anantnag.

The Congress party decided not to field any candidate against Farooq Abdullah in Srinagar.

The discussions for the seat of Ladakh are still on.

National Conference patriarch Farooq Abdullah who is scheduled to contest from Srinagar said, “Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress and there will be a friendly contest between NC and Congress in Anantnag and Baramulla.”

Also reported that Mr Azad said, “Friendly contest means that there will be no cut-throat contest between us on these two seats. If either Congress or NC wins, it is a win-win situation for both of us.”

Previously, on Monday, the National Conference, said that it decided to contest all six Lok Sabha seats in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, also the NC has left a slight possibility of an alliance with Congress on National scenario.

The Party after their meeting of the Parliamentary board of the National Conference, decided to contest on all the six Lok Sabha seats, earlier.

Also, earlier, Omar Abdullah said, as quoted as saying by news agency IANS, “We have told them clearly that only National Conference candidates will be there on the three seats in the Kashmir Valley.”

As per Mr Abdullah’s system, the Congress would be left with three seats, two of them in Hindu-majority Jammu and one in Ladakh.

In 2014 general elections, the 6 seats in the J&K Valley were split equally between the BJP and Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party(PDP).

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