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Former CMs Abdullah and Mufti eye Lok Sabha seats as BJP and alliance gear up for J-K polls

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SRINAGAR — As the political landscape in Jammu and Kashmir shifts, former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have emerged as key contenders eyeing Lok Sabha seats, amidst BJP’s strategic moves and a brewing alliance’s seat-sharing discussions.

In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief Ravinder Raina expressed his willingness to contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Anantnag-Rajouri segment, preferring it over the Jammu-Reasi seat offered by the party’s top brass. Sources revealed that Raina’s decision has prompted considerations for Jugal Kishore, the incumbent MP from Jammu, for a possible re-nomination.

Simultaneously, the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) are engaged in seat-sharing discussions, aiming for a pre-poll bonhomie. Talks are ongoing, with expectations of a decision by the first week of March.

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Former CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have thrown their hats into the electoral ring, with Abdullah set to contest from Srinagar and Mufti eyeing the Anantnag constituency. The PDP’s stronghold in South Kashmir makes Mufti a formidable contender, although formal announcements are pending.

As speculations intensify, prominent figures emerge as frontrunners. Aga Ruhalla and Sajjad Kargili are anticipated to represent NC, while Sajjad Gani Lone’s Jammu Kashmir People’s Conference has announced Lone’s candidacy for the Baramulla seat. Mohammad Khurshid Alam is touted as a potential candidate for Srinagar constituency, supported by various employees’ organizations.

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Moreover, the distribution of Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is slated for disclosure in early March, according to JKPCC President Vikar Rasool Wani. Wani emphasized collaborative efforts within the alliance to ensure a strong opposition against the BJP.

As the political arena heats up in the region, alliances take shape, and candidates stake their claims, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir promise to be a battleground of strategic manoeuvring and electoral ambitions.

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