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BJP hints seat sharing with other parties in J&K.

The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party Wednesday hinted it would have some seat sharing arrangement with other parties for the next parliamentary and assembly elections.

A senior BJP leader told  the central high command of the saffron party will be approached for finalising a strategy.They will decide about seat sharing and other related matters,” the BJP leader said.

Ashok Kaul, the party general secretary said BJP will contest from “most of the places” in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming widening support in Kashmir valley.

He however said the BJP high command will decide whether to ally with any other party or not.

The BJP general secretary claimed that the party had a strong footing across the state, citing the fact that with 11 lawmakers in the 33-member Legislative Council the party is the largest in the house of elders.

The party’s former ally, the PDP has 10, while NC and Congress have six legislators each in the upper house. “This election we will gain in Jammu division,” Kaul said.

“We swept municipal elections in Jammu and that is indication we are gaining more and more in Jammu.”The Congress was ahead of the BJP in Kashmir valley by bagging 157 wards, while saffron party won in 100 wards.

The boycott call by separatists, coupled with threats by militants and non-participation of the National Conference and the PDP, helped both the BJP and the Congress in a major way bagging 76 and 78 municipal seats respectively without any contest.The BJP swept the Jammu and won a total of 169 seats in the elections held in October, followed by independents at 167 and Congress at 96.

The Congress suffered a big loss in the municipal elections, winning only 14 seats in the 74-member Jammu Municipal body. Independent candidates won 18 seats.The BJP state leaders also take comfort from a “good vote share” in the last assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We had a larger vote share than any other party in the state, its 23% just slightly over the PDP’s 22.7%, the NC’s 20.8% and the Congress share of 18%,” a senior BJP leader said.

“It suggests that the BJP has done quite well in terms of votes across the state.”

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