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J&K govt formation: Omar Abdullah questions PDP's proposal of alliance with NC, Congress

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Monday questioned the seriousness of Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) idea of an alliance with the National Conference (NC) and the Congress to form government in the state.



Srinagar: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Monday questioned the seriousness of Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) idea of an alliance with the National Conference (NC) and the Congress to form government in the state.

The NC leader posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter: “And now it's a PDP, NC and Congress grand alliance. Serious proposal or more mind games to give the BJP decision makers sleepless nights?”

He also tweeted that only those people who were authorised by the president would speak for the party.

Omar clarified that the party position should not to be confused with “individual expressions of opinion that are declared from time to time.”

The PDP today came out with the idea of a "grand alliance" with its arch rival NC and the Congress to form the new government in J&K, introducing a new element in the power sweepstakes, as per PTI.

Amid reports that the PDP, the single largest party with 28 members in the 87-strong Assembly, was warming up to BJP, second with 25 MLAs in the hung House, for the first time it spoke of the possibility of a tie up with NC and Congress both of whom have extended support to it.

Making a bid for getting into power for the first time in the Muslim-majority state, BJP has held talks with both the PDP as well as the NC, which has verbally promised its support to keep out the saffron party.

PDP chief spokesman Nayeem Akthar's statement that a grand alliance between the party, NC and Congress "was also an option" to form a stable government led to speculation on whether it was a tactic to put pressure on BJP to which PDP has set tough conditions including retention of Art 370 that grants special status to the state.

Meanwhile, Nirmal Singh, MLA who was Chairman of BJP's campaign committee during the elections, said in New Delhi tonight that his party is in talks with other parties and "all our options are open".

On the other hand, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is slated to meet J&K Governor NN Vohra on Wednesday for discussing government formation.

"The meeting of Mehbooba Mufti, Member of Parliament and President of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the Governor has been advanced to take place on Wednesday at the Raj Bhavan in Jammu," a Raj Bhavan spokesman said today.

With PTI inputs

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