Will faction-ridden BJP get 44-plus seats in Kashmir?

bjppJammu: Given the internal bickering between its factions, it is clear that all is not well within the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. And yet the party has set itself a lofty target of 44-plus seats in the forthcoming state assembly elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party suspended seven of its assembly members after it surfaced that they voted against the party whip during the legislative council polls in 2011.

Jammu and Kashmir has a bicameral legislature. Members of the legislative assembly are elected directly by the people while the members of the council are elected by the members of the 87-member assembly.

The BJP has 11 MLAs in the state.

Nirmal Singh, according to sources, wanted to be fielded for the Lok Sabha election from the Jammu constituency. The BJP, instead, chose Jugul Kishore, the legislator from Nagrota.

The assembly election is likely to be held in October-November.

“We would be going into the assembly elections in a big way. Our thrust this time would also be on the Valley and the Ladakh region,” said BJP spokesperson Sheikh Khalid. Of the 87 seats, 46 are in the Kashmir Valley, 37 in Jammu and four in Ladakh.

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