NC-Cong reach alliance on LB elections27 February 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: The NC-Congress, coalition partners in Omar Abdullah led State Government, have reached an alliance to contest upcoming Municipal elections in the State. The two parties have also decided to share equal number of 15 members each in six newly constituted Boards. Leaders of the two parties confirmed that they had reached a broader understanding for the Local Bodies elections scheduled for April-May. As per the agreement clinched during yesterday’s co-ordination committee meeting of National Conference-Congress, the two sides in principal have agreed to contest the elections jointly by not fielding candidates against each other. Sources in both parties told the Excelsior that leaders of NC and Congress have agreed that both parties will contest the seats held by them in present Local Bodies, whose term is expiring in March. The Congress will field its candidates against the seats won by the party in 2005 elections while the NC will support them. Similarly, the NC will field its candidates on all those seats won by the party in previous polls and the Congress will support them. On the seats won by PDP, BJP, NPP, BSP and other Opposition parties and Independent candidates in Local Bodies in 2005 elections, the leadership of NC and Congress will take a decision on sharing them. A joint committee of the two parties will be set up to share the seats held by the Opposition in outgoing Local Bodies. The two parties will put up a united front against the Opposition, insiders said. The NC and Congress have also decided to share 15 members each in 30 members Board, six of which were recently constituted by the Government by nominating their Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons. The recently constituted Commissions and Boards include State Commission for Women, Gujjar and Bakerwal Development Board, Pahari Welfare Board, OBC Welfare Board, Kissan Board and SC Welfare Advisory Board. Three leaders each from National Conference and Congress were appointed Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons of the Board. Each Board will have 30 members. The two parties will give list of 15 members each to the Government for nomination to the Boards. Sources said the two parties have decided to take the Local Bodies elections seriously to show that they were united and there were no differences in the coalition Government as the Municipal polls will be first political test of the two parties after they took over the helm of affairs on January 5 last year.