NC willing for a tie up with Congress on RS polls

Nayeem Rather

Srinagar: The National Conference said on Saturday that it was willing to tie up with the Congress in the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls scheduled next month.
“We will be happy if the Congress can ally with us. We are looking forward for a tie up to contest the elections together,” NC additional secretary Mustafa Kamal told Kashmir Reader.
He said the NC was negotiating a seat sharing arrangement with the Congress and the result of the negotiations will be out in two days.
In the 87-member Assembly, the NC and Congress have 15 and 12 MLAs respectively, while the PDP and the BJP, which are about to form a coalition government, have 28 and 25 MLAs respectively. The MLAs form the electoral college that elects the Rajya Sabha members.
Alone, the NC and Congress have little chances of winning any of the four RS seats in the state, especially when the PDP and BJP have decided to field two candidates each from Jammu and Kashmir regions. The NC is yet to declare the names of its candidates.
The Congress, however, said it is yet to decide on a tie up. Party spokesman Salman Soz said, “We will analyse the situation and take a decision accordingly.”
The Rajya Sabha elections are held after every six years and four of the incumbent Rajya  Sabha members from J&K  are retiring this February.
In the last Rajya Sabha elections held in 2009, NC-Congress combine had won all four seats.