While the National Conference has already announced its candidates for Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla seats, the Congress is yet to pick its candidates for Lok Sabha seats from the state. (Agencies)
Congress sources said an informal understanding was reached on seat sharing between the National Conference and Congress at a meeting held in Jammu on Thursday night.
“The formal announcement to this effect will be made in New Delhi and this would be followed by the announcement of the names of the candidates for the seats the Congress would fight in alliance with the NC in the state,” said a top Congress leader.
While the National Conference has repeated its candidates Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar, Mehboob Beg from Anantnag and Sharief Din Shariq from Baramulla, the Congress is likely to repeat its candidates Madan Lal Sharma from Jammu and Chowdhary Lal Singh from Udhampur.
The Ladakh Lok Sabha seat would also be fought by a Congress candidate with the support of National Conference. That would split the six Lok Sabha seats from the state equally between the two alliance partners.
Sources in both the National Conference and Congress have said an alliance for the forthcoming state Assembly elections due towards the end of this year would depend on the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls.
“It will definitely depend on how well does the Lok Sabha electoral alliance work out for the two parties," said a senior National Conference leader.
Once a formal announcement on poll tie-up is made, it would be for the third time that the Congress would be fighting the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with a regional party in Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2004, the Congress fought the parliamentary elections in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while it fought the 2009 elections in alliance with the National Conference.
While the National Conference has already announced its candidates for Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla seats, the Congress is yet to pick its candidates for Lok Sabha seats from the state.