The Congress and the National Conference (NC) on Wednesday, 20 March, announced an alliance in Jammu and Kashmir for the Lok Sabha polls, stating it is in the national interest and will help strengthen secular forces.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and NC patron Farooq Abdullah jointly told the media that while the Congress will contest the Jammu and Udhampur Lok Sabha seats, National Conference will fight from Srinagar.
There will be a "friendly contest" between the two parties on the Anantnag and Baramulla seats, they said.
Abdullah said the two parties are also discussing an arrangement for the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat. The state sends six MPs to Lok Sabha.
“The alliance has been finalised in national interest and will strengthen the secular forces in J&K as the state faces threat from Pakistan. Live and let live. This is the best decision taken in national interest. If either the Congress or National Conference wins, it is a win-win situation for both.”Ghulam Nabi Azad to reporters
Azad said the tie-up will ensure there is no division of secular votes and BJP doesn't benefit.
He said all Congress leaders will also campaign for Abdullah, who will be the joint candidate from the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, which he currently represents.