Cong likely to back NC in LC polls

The National Conference (NC) and Congress alliance, which recently wrested one out of four Rajya Sabha seats from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alliance is again taking shape to dent chances of the clean sweep of the latter in the state Legislative Council.
Cong likely to back NC in LC polls
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The National Conference (NC) and Congress alliance, which recently wrested one out of four Rajya Sabha seats from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance is again taking shape to dent chances of the clean sweep of the latter in the state Legislative Council.

According to reliable sources, as per agreement between the two parties reached at the time of Rajya Sabha polls for victory of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress would support NC victory and may not field any candidate in the election.

Sources added that Congress-NC would contest in alliance on the two seats where it could give the rival PDP-BJP alliance some tough fight as against 9 seats which are likely to be swept by the later. 

"Congress will not field its candidate on these seats, while it may contest on few of remaining 9 seats just for the sake of formality," sources added.

 NC with 15 and Congress with 12 MLAs would need support of two more MLAs to win at least two out of the 11 seats.

Sources said that PDP-BJP, which have confirmed support of 57 MLAs have clear chance of winning nine seats comfortably.

And if NC-Congress alliance fight jointly like Rajya Sabha with the support of three independent MLAs will be able to manage two seats, where voting could be repeated just like February 7 Rajya Sabha elections on two seats".

Sources privy to the development said that both the parties don't want to risk their chance and Congress has principally agreed not to field its candidates on the probable two seats.

When contacted, Ravinder Sharma, Chief Spokesperson, Jammu Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) said that the party has not discussed any such arrangement seriously. "But we don't have the numbers to claim any seat alone," he added.

However, he said that the party was not in mood to make opponent's victory easy and it would, in consultation with NC, also field few candidates on the seats other than the probable seats.

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