New Delhi: Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir took a new turn on Tuesday with National Conference and Congress deciding to pitch a common candidate — Ghulam Nabi Azad — to defeat what they termed as “unholy alliance” of PDP and BJP.
With Rajya Sabha elections scheduled on 7th February, BJP has already announced two candidates for the four seats which fall vacant after the retirement of Azad and Saif-ud-din Soz on 10th February and Ghulam Nabi Wani and Mohammad Shafi of National Conference on 15th February.
National Conference (NC) Working President Omar Abdullah held a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today to finalise the decision on Azad’s candidature. After a 30-minute long meeting, Omar tweeted that the two parties have “decided to combine forces to file a joint candidate for RS polls in J&K to snatch a seat from the unholy alliance.”
The Election Commission has issued three separate notifications for the four seats of Rajya Sabha. In the first election, there will be polling for the first seat, in the second for the second, and in the third for the two other seats. In the elections for the first two seats, a minimum of 44 votes will be required to win; in the third round, a minimum of 29. (PTI)
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