The alliance has come days after the Congress entered into an electoral pact with the DMK in Tamil Nadu.
Lok Sabha Election 2019: The Congress has entered into an alliance with the National Conference (NC) to contest the upcoming general elections together in Jammu and Kashmir. The alliance has come days after the Congress entered into an electoral pact with the DMK in Tamil Nadu. The Congress is yet to decided on an alliance with Left in West Bengal, while in Delhi, it has said no to any pact with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Speaking to the media on the alliance with the Congress, NC leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq abdullah said, “ Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress, I will contest from Srinagar and there will be a friendly contest between NC and Congress in Anantnag and Baramulla. We are also discussing the Ladakh seat”.
“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,” added Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
There are 18 lakh voters in Jammu and Kashmir. The state has Hindu, Muslim voters in the ratio of 70:30. Also among Hindus, 24 per cent are are SCs. The NC believes that it will get the Muslim votes, as the community won’t vote for the BJP.
The Lok Sabha election in the constituency was held for the first time in 1967. Since then, the constituency elected Congress eight times, BJP thrice, while NC got only one chance. The Congress had earlier staked claim, pointing out that its candidate Madan Lal Sharma won from Jammu-Poonch in 2004 as also 2009.
The candidate for the constituency is yet to be announced.