All Parties Going It Alone In J&k; Nc, Congress Virtually Extinct (Nnis Special)
Unlike Jharkhand, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will see no alliances in the state. The fight for supremacy in the assembly will see all parties going it alone. A point worth noting in the state is that the NC and the Congress both have been reportedly pushed to extinction in the state. So what are the key fights in the valley and where do things stand in the valley? A nnis special report for the beginning of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
ALL PARTIES GOING IT ALONE IN J&K; NC, CONGRESS VIRTUALLY EXTINCT (NNIS SPECIAL)
Most political parties including BJP, ruling NC, PDP and Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party are set to go it alone in the five phase electoral battle for 87 constituencies.
National parties such as BJP, BSP, NCP have indicated that they would contest alone on all 87 seats.
Even Mayawati’s BSP will go its own way in J and K. Congress all along has been silent about what it plans this election giving a sense of being sidelined.
The first phase of polls will be held on November 25 in 15 Assembly constituencies, the subsequent phases are likely to be held on December 2, 9, 14 and 20 respectively.
These polls are crucial in the sensitive border State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) for all the four major players – National Conference (NC), Congress, PDP, and BJP. In
Jammu the fight will be between BJP and Congress, NC, PDP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The BJP in Lok Sabha polls defeated Congress heavy weights, including former Union Minister and the ‘tallest’ Congress leader in the State, Ghulam Nabi Azad, with a huge margin as against the BJP’s vote-share of 32.4 per cent. The BJP swept Jammu and Ladakh, and PDP swept the Valley. Hence both Congress and the NC have become unpopular across the State.
It is believed NC, Congress and PDP have little or no chance in Jammu province and Ladakh region, which return 41 members to the 87-member Assembly. If Congress, NC and PDP share between them even 10 seats in these two regions, it would be a victory of sorts for them.
The real fight would be in Kashmir, which elects 46 members to the Assembly and where – apart from PDP and NC – the Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), the People’s Conference (PC), the Awami Ittehad Party (AIP), the People’s United Front (PUF) and the five newly-founded political parties, including the J&K People’s United Front (JKPDF), the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the People’s Republican Party (PRP), the J&K Awami Tehreek (JKAT) and the Awami Ittehad Front (AIF), would also taste political waters.
Popular belief is fight in the valley would be between PDP and NC.
It can be said that the BJP and PDP are two main contenders, and NC-Congress are almost out of the race.