Congress,National Conference may join hands for Lok Sabha polls

December 30th, 2008 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The Congress and the National Conference, after joining hands to form the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, may also consider an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, with a Congress functionary not ruling out the possibility.”We are not ruling out the possibility of a pre-poll alliance for the Lok Sabha elections,” Congress general secretary Prithviraj Chavan told reporters here Tuesday.

The National Conference emerged the largest party in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly with 28 seats after the election results declared Sunday, but remained short of majority. The Congress, with 17 seats, has agreed to support it in forming the state government. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 21 seats.

The Congress held a series of meetings and discussed Jammu and Kashmir political equations.

Chavan said the party was not ruling out the possibility of rotating the chief ministership between the two parties and of creating a post of a deputy chief minister.

He said the Congress had received messages from the PDP for a possible tie-up. “But we have spurned the offer, because the mandate is for the National Conference,” he said.

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