Omar Abdullah says got alliance proposal from Congress, but National Conference wants to contest all 3 Kashmir seats: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said that the National Conference got an alliance proposal from Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. He said the party made it clear to Congress that it would contest all the three seats in Kashmir valley. Abdullah maintained that they have not received any response from Congress yet, adding that if Congress accepts the party’s demand, then they would talk about the other three seats.
The polling in the state would be conducted in five phases on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 06. Due to security reasons, the polling for south Kashmir’s Anantnag seat would be held in three phases.
There were rumours that Omar’s father and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah might contest assembly elections in the state to become chief minister. But he dismissed these rumours, saying, his son would become the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir state has a total of six Lok Sabha constituencies. Three seats fall in Kashmir valley, two in Jammu and one one in Ladakh region. Currently, Anantnag constituency is lying vacant after Mehbooba Mufti vacated the seat, following her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s death. Mehbooba was sworn in as the chief minister. The by-poll for Anantnag seat could not be conducted.
In the 2014 election, Peoples Democratic Party sweeped Kashmir valley while BJP won in Jammu and Ladakh. National Conference and Congress failed to open account.
National Conference secured the Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha constituency in the by-poll in 2017. The seat fell vacant after PDP’s Tariq Hamid Karra resigned from the party and quit Lok Sabha membership, following the killing of dozens of protesters in 2016 turmoil. Farooq Abdullah defeated PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan in the by-election.
Though the political parties in the state have geared up for forthcoming polls, but have not announced the list of candidates.
National Conference on Sunday said that the candidates would be named after parliamentary board of the party would held a meeting on Monday.
The BJP finalised the names of candidates for six parliamentary seats, after a meeting of state election committee on Friday.
The party is likely to field Minister of State for Prime Minster’s office Jitendra Singh from Udhampur constituency. He is sitting parliamentarian from the same seat. Singh defeated senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in last Lok Sabha polls.