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BJP takes dig at Congress-NC split ahead of J&K polls

Last Updated: Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 16:16

Zee Media Bureau New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party took potshots at the Congress-National Conference split ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir elections later this year and said that one dynasty had dumped the other. BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “NC-Congress split is of dynasties. One dynasty realised other dynasty is a sinking ship so they broke away but people of J&K will punish both equally.”

On the other hand, another BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said, “Congress can`t even hold onto the faith of their alliances forget the public,” ANI reported. The NC-Congress alliance in J&K ended today with both the parties officially announcing that they would fight the upcoming Assembly polls in the state alone. The state has 87 Assembly seats. The announcement was first made today by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz in Jammu. "After extensive talks with Congress leaders and workers at all levels, the party has come to the conclusion that we are going to fight the forthcoming Assembly elections on our own strength", Soni, general secretary AICC and in-charge of J&K Congress, told reporters, as per PTI. The votes in Lok Sabha elections were not transferred to each other resulting in the debacle, she said, adding, "There was not much of help that came from our alliance partner in previous elections". Later, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is working president of National Conference, posted on Twitter that he had informed about the decision of his party to contest the polls alone ten days ago to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Omar also clarified that he had told Sonia that he would not be making a public announcement of the same as he didn`t want it to look opportunistic, adding that the Congress was giving a new spin to the whole thing and distorting facts. “For it to be spun now as a Congress decision is wrong,” the J&K CM said.

NC and Congress entered into a post-poll alliance following a hung verdict in the 2008 Assembly elections in the state. Although the coalition government has almost completed its term of six years, the sailing for the two parties has not been smooth as second rung leaders from both parties have indulged in public spats over many issues. The NC and Congress contested the recent Lok Sabha polls together and were routed by opposition PDP and BJP on all six seats. While Congress lost Jammu, Udhampur and Ladakh seats to BJP, PDP made a clean sweep against the NC in the three seats of the valley. With Agency inputs

First Published: Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 18:40

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