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NC & Congress to fight LS polls together in five seats of J&K: Omar Abdullah


 Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday announced that National Conference and Congress would jointly fight the five seats of Lok Sabha in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said this a day after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) announced that it would contest all three seats in the Valley. The announcement set the stage for the National Conference and the PDP — partners in the Opposition INDIA bloc — to take on each other on the three Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir. The Congress party is also part of INDIA alliance partner.

“ They (Congress) have assured us and made it clear that all the three candidates of NC will get their support.. In the next one or two days after going to Delhi, it’ll be clear that NC & Congress will fight together on five seats in J&K,” Omar told reporters in Srinagar.

He said NC leader and party president Farooq Abdullah has already started campaigning for the two Congress candidates in Jammu region.

“My programme will also start and our effort will be that in both seats of Jammu and Udhampur Congress candidates should win. And the same way Congress has assured that wherever in Kashmir they will utilize their influence to ensure the win of the NC candidates,” the NC vice president said.

On AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s bail in the Delhi excise policy case, Omar said he hoped that Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Manish Sisodia will also get bail in the case now.

“The important thing is that the court observed that evidence was not produced for keeping Sanjay Singh in jail. This is the same case in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia have been arrested and we hope that they also get bail,” he said.

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