PDP to contest on 2 seats, keeps alliance options open

PDP to contest on 2 seats, keeps alliance options open

With PDP withholding the name of its “prospective alliance partner”, it has kept its options open on the tie-up on both the RS polls and the government formation.

Peoples Democratic Party Friday announced its decision to contest on two of the four Rajya Sabha seats while leaving two others for its “prospective alliance partner.” The RS polls are scheduled on February 7.

The PDP move comes amid ongoing talks between different political parties on government formation in the State following a hung verdict in the recent assembly elections.

With PDP withholding the name of its “prospective alliance partner”, it has kept its options open on the tie-up on both the RS polls and the government formation. The state is presently under Governor’s rule since January 8.

The PDP fielded Nazir Ahmad Laway and Fayaz Ahmad Mir—who lost the recent Assembly elections from Kulgam and Kupwara segments respectively—on the two seats.

The PDP maintains it will “go for some arrangement with some other party” to ensure its victory on the two seats it is contesting. “We are leaving two other seats for our prospective alliance partner,” said PDP’s chief spokesman, Naeem Akhter, adding, “Some sort of an arrangement with any other party is necessary to safeguard our interests.”

Asked to name the alliance partner, Akther said it could be anybody. “We cannot win a single seat if we don’t enter into an arrangement with some other group,” he said, when asked why party decided to contest on two seats only.

The Assembly poll results declared on December 23 threw up a hung house with Peoples Democratic Party winning 28 seats and BJP 25 seats. The National Conference and Congress secured 15 and 12 seats respectively while others bagged seven, including two by the Peoples Conference.

According to Election Commission of India, there will be three elections for the four seats. While separate elections will be held for the first and second seat, there will be only single election for the third and fourth seat.

Akhter described Laway and Mir as “young and energetic workers” of the party “who have struggled hard to promote its interests and agenda.”

“Laway contested from Kulgam and lost by 334 votes and Fayaz by 151 votes,” he said.