Political crisis and some sections of the media are abuzz with liquor baron Vijay Mallya being named a Rajya Sabha candidate from Jammu and Kashmir, but the ruling National Conference, crucial to his election, seems unaware of the development.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told HT that he “had no idea” about Mallya’s candidature and it was for the party to decide.
“I’m surprised over all this,” NC chief Farooq Abdullah told HT over the phone. “No decision has been taken so far. No seat-sharing talks have been held with our ally, the Congress,” he said.
The state has four Rajya Sabha seats and elections are scheduled for February 13.
On January 12, Mallya had said that he planned to promote tourism in the state and increase air connectivity to Srinagar. People like Mallya who generate jobs and invest in the state should be sent to the Rajya Sabha, the state’s Janata Party chief Somnath Dabgotra told HT.