NC and Congress forge alliance, Farooq Abdullah rallies support

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SRINAGAR — In a significant political development, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah affirmed on Thursday the readiness of the National Conference (NC) and Congress to jointly contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir. This alliance, aimed at consolidating electoral prospects, signifies a cohesive approach between the two parties.

Addressing media representatives during a youth conference in Nawa-e-Subh Srinagar, Omar Abdullah highlighted the collaborative effort between NC and Congress, with both parties nominating candidates across various constituencies. While Congress has put forth candidates for two seats in the Jammu division, NC plans to field candidates for three seats in the Kashmir region.

Further emphasizing unity, Omar Abdullah disclosed plans for joint nominations across all constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, underscoring a concerted effort towards electoral success.

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Meanwhile, the electoral battleground for the Jammu parliamentary seat is witnessing a surge in activity, with 17 candidates vying for the position as the nomination deadline ends. The diverse field includes candidates from political parties like the BJP, Congress, and Jammu Kashmir People’s Conference, as well as independent contenders, reflecting the complexity of the electoral battle.

Amidst this backdrop, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah rallied support for the Congress party during his campaign visit to Katra. Advocating for unity to safeguard the Constitution of India, Farooq Abdullah urged collective action against divisive forces, particularly criticizing the BJP’s alleged attempts to dismantle constitutional principles.

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“The BJP’s agenda threatens the very essence of our Constitution. We must stand together to defend the values enshrined in it,” Farooq Abdullah asserted, calling for a united front to confront such challenges.

As the political battle unfolds in the Kashmir Valley, Farooq Abdullah expressed confidence in the National Conference’s prospects in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency, amidst differing stances with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) regarding seat-sharing arrangements.

The upcoming Lok Sabha elections, scheduled for May 11, are poised to witness intense political manoeuvring as parties strive to secure electoral victory amidst a backdrop of shifting alliances and strategic alliances.

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