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Omar joins Lal Singh’s campaign, Mehbooba yet to take decision
Lok Sabha Polls
4/14/2024 10:15:03 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Apr 14: Within days after his father campaigned for Choudhary Lal Singh and Raman Bhalla, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Sunday jumped into the electoral battlefield by addressing a series of public meetings in Ramban districts of Jammu province and sought support for Choudhary Lal Singh.
Putting aside his personal “dislike” of Congress candidate Choudhary Lal Singh, Omar Abdullah jumped into the trail campaign.
Omar Abdullah along with Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief Vikar Rasool Wani along with local Congress and NC leaders started an aggressive campaign in the Chenab region for Choudhary Lal Singh.
Although Omar Abdullah started the campaign for the coalition candidate, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti is still hesitating to come openly in support of the Congress candidates for Jammu and Udhampur seats.
Highly placed sources said that the National Conference leadership has directed its workers at the grassroots level to join the campaign with the Congress workers to avoid division of the non-BJP votes.
Block-level leaders of both parties have constituted coordination committees at the booth level to ensure the victory of Congress candidate Choudhary Lal Singh in this seat.
“The National Conference leadership has decided to campaign aggressively for Choudhary Lal Singh as the party is hoping that the Congress candidate is gaining ground in Kathua and Udhampur districts which are the strongholds of BJP”, sources said.
As far as the PDP is concerned, the party leadership is in dilemma over openly campaigning for Choudhary Lal Singh along with the NC workers.
After the breaking of the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) both the NC and PDP have decided to fight against each other on three seats of Kashmir Valley so coordination among workers of these parties on two seats of Jammu region is impossible.
Although PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has extended unconditional support to both the candidates of Congress on two seats in Jammu province, no senior leader of the party has so far campaigned for Choudhary Lal Singh or Raman Bhalla.
Wishing anonymity, a senior PDP leader told the Early Times that the party would avoid sharing the stage with the National Conference while campaigning for Congress candidates.
“We will campaign independently for Congress candidates without sharing the stage with the NC leaders”, he said.
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