NC, Congress forge seat sharing for LS polls

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Putting all the speculations to rest, the ruling National Conference (NC) and Congress alliance has forged an electoral alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Sources said that an informal understanding was reached on seat sharing between the NC and Congress a day before in Jammu.

“The formal announcement to this effect will be made in New Delhi and this would be followed by the announcement of the names of the candidates for the seats the Congress would fight in alliance with the NC,” sources said.

While NC has already announced its candidates for Srinagar, Islamabad and Baramulla seats, the Congress is yet to pick select its candidates for Lok Sabha seats from the state.

While the NC has repeated its candidates, Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar, Mehboob Beg from Islamabad and Sharif-ul-Din Shariq from Baramulla in Kashmir, the Congress is likely to repeat its candidates Madan Lal Sharma from Jammu and Chowdhary Lal Singh from Udhampur.

The Ladakh Lok Sabha seat would also be fought by Congress with the support of the NC.

It would be for the third time that Congress would be fighting the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with a regional party in Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2004, the Congress fought the parliamentary elections in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party while it fought the 2009 elections in alliance with the NC.

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