BJP will decide on fielding candidates for the bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats keeping in mind its aim to bolster the NDA government at the Centre's kitty, party's state incharge Avinash Rai Khanna said today. Khanna and BJP state president Sat Sharma arrived here today to consult local leaders about the upcoming bypolls for which the BJP has not yet announced any candidates. Talking to reporters, Khanna said the "aim of the BJP was to add the two Lok Sabha seats of Kashmir to the NDA kitty." "We took the view of the party workers on the by-polls and we will discuss that within our team here. We will then convey to the central leadership on whether the Jammu and Kashmir unit wants to contest the polls or not.
Whatever the central leadership decides, we will implement that decision," Khanna said. BJP spokesperson Khalid Jehangir also said that no decision has been taken yet on whether to field candidates in the bypolls or not. Significantly, the PDP which is BJP's alliance partner in Jammu and Kashmir, has already fielded Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag Lok Sabha seat while Nazir Ahmad Khan is its candidate from Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Opposition NC and Congress have entered into a seat sharing agreement for the bypolls. NC has fielded its president Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar while state Congress chief G A Mir will contest from the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat. Asked about the demand for revocation of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from J&K, Khanna said "our stand is that till peace is established here, situation does not become normal, the Centre is keeping an eye on everything and will take a decision at an appropriate time". Chief Minister Mehbooba had yesterday raked up the issue of revocation of AFSPA from some areas to "see the impact".
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