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SRINAGAR — As Parliamentary elections are likely to be held in May and April this year, the chances of pre-poll alliance in Jammu and Kashmir seem “bleak” and “uncertain” as regional mainstream political parties including NC and PDP are yet to reach any seat sharing consensus, sources said on Saturday.

They said the aim of the pre-poll alliance was to give tough fight to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in forthcoming Parliamentary elections which according to the opposition has damaged the very essence of the Constitution of the country and divided people on communal and religious lines.

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Sources said that parties including NC, PDP and Congress are adamant about leaving space to other political parties in those constituencies where they have a strong foothold, resulting in the parties not reaching any consensus on seat sharing.

“Both PDP and Congress claim South Kashmir as their bastion and are not ready to allow other parties to field candidates there. Similarly, NC and Altaf Bukhari-led Apni Party are also not ready to give up in North Kashmir,” top sources revealed.

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They said the pre-poll unison in the Jammu region also seems the North Pole and South Pole-like situation where political parties have decided to fight upcoming Lok Sabha polls without being in an alliance.

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