Better coordination with NC needed: Congress

Congress said there is a need for "better coordination" between the two ruling coalition partners but refrained from giving any view on the measure.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2011, 20:11 PM IST

New Delhi: With its state unit complaining of
lack of consultations by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah over AFSPA, Congress on Friday said there is a need for
"better coordination" between the two ruling coalition
partners but refrained from giving any view on the measure.

"If PCC President has said something, there must be
reason behind it. We also feel that there is need for better
coordination between the two coalition partners (National
Conference and Congress) there," AICC general secretary
incharge for the state Mohan Prakash told reporters here.

The AICC leader, however, refrained from voicing Congress`
opinion on the merits of revoking the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act from the state saying it is for security agencies
concerned and the Home Ministry to take a view.

"There is a unified command (in the state). The Home
Ministry and various others agencies concerned with it will
take a decision keeping in mind the ground realities and the
party will go by that," Prakash said to repeated questions on
the party`s stand on the matter.

The Congress reaction came after PCC chief Saif-ud-din Soz
questioned the move to revoke AFSPA from some areas of Jammu
and Kashmir and said all stakeholders including the army
should have been consulted, inviting a terse response from
Omar, who said he is well aware of his responsibilities.

A section in the Congress feels that the Coordination
Committee in the state headed by Soz with four other members
including two ministers from the National Conference has not
been meeting frequently to discuss key issues as was
envisaged.

Sources also said that at the time of the formation of
the coalition government, it was proposed to have an annual
review of its performance but that did not take place during
the last three years, hinting that it could now be
"activated".

"Lack of coordination will affect the performance of the
Government," a senior party leader said speaking on the
condition of anonymity.

PTI