Srinagar, March 17: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, on Sunday said his party has received a proposal for an alliance with Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Omar Abdullah, however, signalled hard bargain in seat-sharing with the Congress in Kashmir. Abdullah set the precondition that the National Conference will contest all three in the Kashmir region.
"It's true that we had received a proposal from Congress for an alliance. But we've told them clearly that only National Conference candidate will be there on the three seats in the valley," Abdullah told reporters. "If it suits them (Congress), then we can talk about other seats. Let's see what response we receive," he added. The election to six parliamentary seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in five phases.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the PDP and BJP won three seats each. The PDP bagged Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla parliamentary seats. In Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh, BJP candidates clinched a victory. PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra quit his Srinagar seat in October 2016. A by-election was held and Farooq Abdullah won the seat. The Anantnag seat remains vacant since Mehbooba Mufti resigned to become chief minister in April 2016. No Simultaneous State, Lok Sabha Elections is Narendra Modi's Surrender to Pakistan, Militants, Says Omar Abdullah.
In Jammu and Kashmir, so far no alliance has been formed for the general elections. In 2014, the Congress and the NC contested together. This time, elections may become a four-cornered contest. The PDP and BJP came together after assembly polls in 2014, however, the alliance fell apart after the saffron party withdrew its support from the government last year.
In Jammu and Kashmir, polling for the first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29 and fifth on May 6. The results of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be declared on May 23. Jammu And Kashmir Assembly Elections 2019 Could be Held After Ramzan in June.
In the first phase on April 11, voting will be held in Baramulla and Jammu constituencies, while Srinagar and Udhampur constituencies will go to vote in the second phase on April 18. Voting in Anantnag will be held on April 23 and 29 and May 6, while Ladakh will also go to polls on May 6. For the first time in India's electoral history, polling for one Lok Sabha seat - Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag constituency - will be held in three phases.