"I'm keenly waiting for the Congress to announce its candidates from J&K so we can begin the campaign in right earnest,” Omar tweeted.

As per the alliance between the Congress and the regional National Conference, the former will contest from Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh and leave the remaining three seats for the latter.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, according to top party sources, is still undecided on standing from Udhampur. Congress' Chowdhary Lal Singh represented Udhampur in the 15th Lok Sabha.

Sources in New Delhi said the party high command is likely to announce the Congress candidates on Wednesday and pressure is mounting on Azad to throw his hat into the electoral ring for the Udhampur seat.

The increasing BJP influence in the Hindu dominated Jammu region is believed to have forced a re-think on the choice of candidates for the Congress high command, especially for the Udhampur seat.

Azad has strong influence in the three districts of Chenab Valley in Jammu region, forming the assembly segments for the Udhampur constituency. These are Kishtwar, Doda and Reasi where Azad is said to have done a lot of developmental work during his tenure as the state chief minister and also as the union minister. Azad belongs to Balissa village in Bhaderwah tehsil of Kishtwar district.

(Agencies)

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