Mehbooba Mufti during a press conference in Srinagar
Mehbooba Mufti during a press conference in Srinagar on Friday, March 8, 2024

SRINAGAR — In a significant announcement, National Conference (NC) Vice-President Omar Abdullah declared that his party would not forge an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This decision comes amidst discussions surrounding seat allocations in the Kashmir region.

Omar Abdullah stated during a press conference that the NC was prepared to surrender the Anantnag-Rajouri seat to the Congress but firmly rejected any possibility of supporting the PDP in the constituency. Citing the PDP’s poor performance in the last parliamentary elections, where it secured the third position, Abdullah emphasized that the party lacked substantial support in the region.

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“We have already finalized our candidates for all three seats in Kashmir and will extend our support to Congress on both Jammu seats as well as the Ladakh seat. I am ready with my candidates and will announce them at our convenience,” Abdullah asserted.

Meanwhile, responding to Omar Abdullah’s stance, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti expressed disappointment, suggesting that NC’s decision undermined the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD). She affirmed her determination to consult with Congress, a crucial member of the INDIA bloc, before reaching a decision.

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“I am a fighter. We will talk to Congress in this regard and will make our decision public soon,” Mehbooba Mufti stated during a press conference in Srinagar.

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