U-turn? Farooq Abdullah claims he never said National Conference will ally with BJP in J&K

A day after National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said he was open to discuss a tie-up with BJP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, now he has claimed that he never said that his party will ally with BJP in J&K.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2016, 15:00 PM IST
U-turn? Farooq Abdullah claims he never said National Conference will ally with BJP in J&K

Srinagar: A day after National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said he was open to discuss a tie-up with BJP for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, now he has claimed that he never said that his party will ally with BJP in J&K.

Also, his son and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ruled out an alliance with the saffron outfit, saying the party "is not power hungry" and would not make an "ideological compromise".

NC is not power hungry and is not interested in political power that comes through an ideological compromise. We shunned prospects of an alliance with the BJP a year ago and the reasons for having done that remain unchanged," Omar wrote on his official Facebook page.

Omar, the NC working president, said the senior Abdullah was responding to a hypothetical question based on a hypothetical situation and he never said that the party would support the BJP.

He only said that if any such request or proposal is received from the BJP, it will be taken up by the party's working committee.

In the 87-member Assembly, BJP has 25 MLAs while its ally Peoples Conference headed by Sajad Gani Lone has two members.

The NC has 15 legislators.