The National Conference and Congress party on Wednesday confirmed their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir, settling on a seat-sharing formula after days of deadlock.
Addressing a joint press conference, NC patron Farooq Abdullah and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad confirmed that the former would contest from Srinagar, while the latter's party would be fighting from Jammu and Udhampur. In Anantnag and Baramulla, there will be a 'friendly contest' between the two parties.
"Jammu and Udhampur will be contested by Congress, I will contest from Srinagar and there will be a friendly contest between NC and Congress in Anantnag and Baramulla. We are also discussing the Ladakh seat." said Farooq Abdullah.
In the latter parts of the media briefing, the former J&K CM iterated that just like in Anantnag and Baramulla, the two parties will have the friendly contest in Ladakh as well.
It meant that out of the six seats in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, NC will independently fight in one, Congress will independently fight in two, while the two parties will have a friendly contest in the other three seats.
This is a massive development when it comes to the political circle in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Only a few days back, Omar Abdullah had suggested that the two parties had failed to reach to a consensus, when it came to seat-sharing.
"In Kashmir, there will only be National Conference candidates in all three seats. There will be no compromise. If that suits Congress then we can take it further else no. But there is no way we will compromise in those 3 seats," he had said while addressing the media.
On Tuesday, amid the seat tussle between NC and Congress, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had left the door opens for the grand old party for any kind of alliance in future.
"There have been no talks (with Congress). All these are rumors, speculations, and no talks have taken place.....It will be too early to speculate (on alliance with Congress). We understand when the situation comes then we will see. Right now, we are focused on putting our candidates on all of the six seats. So all those talks are totally false right now," the former J&K CM said.