Congress Hints At Poll Pact With NC In Lok Sabha Bye-Polls

SRINAGAR: The J&K state Congress chief, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, on Wednesday subtly hinted at the NC-Congress bonhomie for the forthcoming Lok Sabha by-polls slated for South and Central Kashmir.

Mir said people on ground associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) want it to stitch a common ground with NC so that the parties could defeat the communal elements that are busy sprouting roots in the state.

“Our members are in constant touch with the people. The reports that we are receiving from ground indicate that the public perception is that Congress should enter into a pre-poll pact with NC for the parliamentary elections,” state Congress chief told KNS.

He, however, refusing to divulge in further details, said there have been no official meetings over the issue and the final decision in this regard is yet to be taken.

“Unofficially such meetings have been taking place but official parleys with the National Conference are yet to be initiated,” Mir said, adding that the senior politicians of both Congress and National Conference are yet to sit together and decide the final course of action.

Srinagar’s parliamentary seat fell vacant after Tariq Hameed Karra resigned from his seat and bid adieu to PDP while as South Kashmir’s seat fell vacant after Mehbooba Mufti assumed charge of chief minister of J&K last year in April.

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