Friendly fight

Friendly fight
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National Conference and Congress have decided to have a friendly fight in Anantnag and Baramulla constituencies in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Both the parties would field their candidates from both the constituencies but there won’t be any cut throat competition.
It seems leaders of both the parties are aware about the fact that candidates of their parties won’t be able to convert their votes in each other’s favour so it’s better to contest the polls.
Congress has left Srinagar seat for NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah, who won the by-elections from there in 2017.
The battle lines have been drawn and the contest has been thrown open. National Conference is aware about the fact that its bête-noire Peoples Democratic Party, which won all the three parliamentary seats in 2014 elections, is grappling with number of problems and the grand old party can avenge the humiliation which it suffered in the last parliamentary polls.
Many NC leaders have already written of the PDP as the party MPs and MLAs failed to deliver during their tenure due to serious infighting within the PDP. Media reports suggest that PDP grass root workers too are disillusioned and are not showing much interest in the forthcoming polls.
All the regional parties in Kashmir are aware about the fact that Lok Sabha elections would set the tone for the assembly elections, which are likely to be held after the new dispensation would be put at place in New Delhi.
None of the parties seem to be sure about the results. Parties of all the mainstream parties are aware about the fact that contest is not going to be easy and winning elections is not going to be any cake walk. All these parties are just putting up a brave face to ensure that assembly polls are held and the present spell of President’s rule in the state comes to an end.