The BJP leaders started to participate in Sajjad Lone's poll rally in North Kashmir where the PC has considerable influence in at least five assembly constituencies. The PC is contesting election after 27 years in the Valley.

The PC's inclination towards BJP became evident soon after its supremo Sajjad Lone met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi few days back. Lone had earlier met with BJP general secretaries  JP Nadda and Ram Madhav and publicly praised PM Modi.

The meeting held political significance as BJP for the first time is aiming to come to power in Kashmir and has opened channels of conversation with several Kashmiri politicians.

The political pundits predicted that both the parties will join hands in the assembly polls in the state. The BJP has fielded no candidate against Lone in Handwara. The saffron party is also supporting PC candidates in Sopore and Rafiabad assembly constituencies.

Sajad has played an interesting hand by coming out openly in his acceptance of PM Modi and by giving feelers that he is open to join hands with BJP after the elections.

Presently, the BJP in Kashmir is bereft of any well known Kashmiri face and Lone seems to be making efforts to fill the vacuum.
This is Lone's first assembly elections and his overtures towards PM Modi and BJP are making it an ambitious entry.

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has 87 Members. The state is going to polls in five phases. The first phase polls recorded record 70 percent turnout. The results will be declared on December 23.

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