Jammu, March 20: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress and the National Conference on Wednesday announced a seat-sharing pact in Jammu and Kashmir but will have “friendly fights” in two places — Baramulla and Anantnag.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah made the announcement about the pre-poll pact.
Azad accompanied by Ambika Soni and state Congress party President G.A. Mir reached the residence of Abdullah in Jammu.
Making the announcement jointly, Azad and Abdullah said that a clear understanding had been reached on three of the six Lok Sabha seats in the state while the two parties will engage in “a friendly contest” in Anantnag and Baramulla in the Kashmir Valley.
“Abdullah will contest with Congress support in the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat while the NC will not field candidates for Jammu and Udhampur seats in support of the Congress,” Azad said.
“So a clear understanding has been reached on these three seats,” he said.