Hitting out at her party's estranged ally National Conference (NC) for the first time in the past six years, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said "we gave full support to them to run the government but they did not implement our programmes and schemes", including the Food Bill, in the state.
With Congress’s star on the wane and National Conference losing its popularity in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has a strong chance of making a comeback to power in the state.
The ruling National Conference's traditional bastion Ganderbal is set for a triangular fight with PDP, NC and an Independent contesting the polls after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided not to contest from the constituency which goes to polls on November 25.
Ruling National Conference today announced to field Iftikhar Hussain Misgar as its candidate from Anantnag assembly constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, days after its senior leader withdrew from the race in favour of opposition PDP.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Wednesday said his party's coalition with the National Conference (NC) was a bad experience while lauding his party for giving powers to panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir.
Four ministers of the Congress-NC coalition government, 16 former ministers and sitting legislators are among the 175 candidates, who are in the fray for 18 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the second phase on December 2 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Ruling National Conference on Sunday said the resignation of senior party leader and former Member of Parliament Mehboob Beg from the party is "not surprising" as he had gone against the party in the past as well.
Even as the first phase of the five-phased Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir is just about a week away, political parties here are yet to bring out manifestos outlining their poll agenda and policies for the state.
Reacting to apprehensions that BJP may abrogate Article 370, the party on Sunday said it would only do what the people of state want with regard to the provision of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
In a show of strength, over 700 vehicles with supporters, flaunting party flags, banners and loudspeakers rallied in support National Conference`s (NC) Mian Altaf Ahmad here in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
In a major jolt to ruling National Conference ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, veteran leader and former Lok Sabha MP Mehboob Beg today quit the party and extended unconditional support to his PDP rival Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today took on ruling coalition partner Congress, saying the party was taking credit for the good work done by the government while blaming the National Conference for the bad.
As the campaigning for Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir reaches fever pitch, political parties and their candidates are increasingly slugging it out in the virtual world in their bid to pull voters to their side.
Clashes that broke out on Thursday between the supporters of ruling National Conference and Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during filing of nominations by their candidates at Kulgam district election office in south Kashmir is still on, with two terrorists shot dead by the Indian Army.