On the political front in Jammu and Kashmir, top sources of the National Conference (NC) have affirmed that the party will be going solo in the Assembly polls.
Shrugging off the possibility of allying with Rahul Gandhi, the NC sources claimed that they never had a pre-poll alliance with the Congress party and that Farooq Abdullah's party prefers to go alone in the Assembly polls. However, there is no confirmation on the probability of a post-poll alliance.
The electoral development comes in the aftermath of the Parliamentary polls result wherein NC won 3 out of 6 seats in the state, whereas Congress failed to fetch any seats in the state.
In a morale boost to the party, their regional contenders, PDP, and party chief Mehbooba Mufti suffered a humiliating loss and scoring a zero, by even losing in her South Kashmir bastion.
This election, the militancy-infected state became a crucial narrative for campaigning after the horrific Pulwama terror attack, BJP's poll plank of abrogating Article 370 in retaliation to which regional leader NC chief Omar Abdullah called for 'separate PM for the state' and was the same was also revolted by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
Both Mufti and Abdullah denounced the Election Commission for failing to hold Assembly polls in the state along with the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
Amidst huge security arrangements, calls for an election boycott, incidents of violence, the Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir concluded on May 6 after polling in the first five phases. As per reports, while Jammu and Ladakh saw increased voter turnout, Kashmir valley witnessed one of the worst turnouts in recent decades. 2019 saw overall lesser voter turnout(44.51%), as compared to 49.52% in 2014.
Assembly elections have been due in the state which was under the Governor rule until December last year, after which the militancy-affected state was under the President's rule.
President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation for the imposition of central rule in the state, which plunged into a political crisis in June after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP in the state.