BJP To Contest All 87 Seats In Jammu & Kashmir, No Pre-poll Alliance In State

27 October 2014

Jammu: Ruling out any pre-poll alliance in Jammu & Kashmir, BJP on Monday said it will contest in all the 87 constituencies in the upcoming assembly elections. 'We won't be entering into any pre-poll alliance with any political party as we are considering to field our candidates on all the 87 assembly constituencies in the state,' BJP MP and party in charge for Jammu & Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna told PTI. He said the party would soon come out with its first list of candidates, as the Election Commission has announced the dates for the elections. 'Focus would be on the candidates who are capable to win, those who have a clean image and who can deliver. The party's election committee will hold a meeting today to decide the names of the candidates,' he said. Exuding confidence that BJP would replicate its recent performance in Haryana and Maharashtra assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir, Khanna said the party will win more than 44 seats. 'We will go beyond 44 seats and form the next government in Jammu & Kashmir,' said Khanna, who presided over a function at party office here. The BJP leader said the party wants to strengthen democracy in the state and its main poll plank would be to provide corruption free governance to the people. 'Our manifesto is clear, we will provide a corruption-free, fear-free and dynasty-free governance to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. We want the people of the state to give us a chance and if we fail they can throw us out after six years,' Khanna said.