NC,Cong face internal strife
Dissidents Bigger Threat Than Opposition
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL POLLS
Jammu, Nov 18: The upcoming election for four seats of Legislative Council is unlikely to be a cakewalk for the ruling coalition alliance - Congress and National Conference - as the parties are likely to face stiff resistance from dissidents within the parties.
Sources claimed that leaders of both Congress and NC are aware about the hurdles that is why every effort is being put to keep the votes together.
The situation is grave in Kashmir than in Jammu, party insiders said adding, “In Kashmir a National Conference voter is unlikely to cast his vote in favour of the Congress candidate, while in Jammu the resentment in the NC camp and division in Congress may play a spoil sport for the coalition.”
“There is every likelihood that the dissidents within the party may create more trouble than the opposition candidates”, a NC legislator said.
“There is uncertainty among the voters (Sarpanchs and Panchs) having affiliations with the party. You never know if the Congress voter has actually voted in favour of the NC candidate,” the legislator added.
Almost similar views were expressed by a Congress legislator. He claimed that Congress top brass was expecting “cross voting” from various districts especially Chenab Valley, where the party workers are disillusioned due to the fact that no cabinet representation was being given to the five constituencies being represented by the Congress.
“This is the reason that party decided to field its candidate from Chenab Valley as this is the region which has the potential to ensure victory of the candidate,” said a source.
However he was quick to add that the possibility of “cross voting” looms large as “even the party leaders from the region want to make the high command aware about the ground situation before the next assembly elections,” the source added.
He claimed that there is hardly any coordination at the ground level between the Congress and National Conference. “This came to fore even when both NC and Congress candidates filed their nomination papers. None of the leaders from Congress accompanied NC candidate and vice versa”, he added.
The coalition has constituted a 12- member committee– six each from NC and Congress – to ensure coordination on the ground. This committee has already held two meetings but insiders said that nothing concrete came out of these meetings.
If observers are to be believed, the dissent within the coalition parties may give an edge to the opposition parties, especially Peoples Democratic Party, which has managed to sneak into the coalition strongholds during the past two years.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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