Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the chief minister of a state should be trusted to decide what is in the interest of his state, otherwise it was better to "dispense" the state governments and rule from the Centre directly.
Taking a swipe at the new PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress on Sunday said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed should be "careful" about BJP's conversion agenda while National Conference wondered how ministers of the saffron party, whose idealogue had opposed the state's Constitution, now owed allegiance to it.
Elections to four Rajya Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir will be held on Saturday with seven candidates in the fray including Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, current Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament, who faces a tough test.
National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the party will emerge as a force to reckon with in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming that the fractured mandate in the recent assembly elections in the state was manifestation of deceit by some political opportunists.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said the political stalemate in the wake of a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can pull the diverse regions of the state together as "a strong and vibrant single entity".
The National Conference (NC) on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi-led central government of neglecting the plight of the border residents who have been facing hardships due to the frequent ceasefire violations.
PDP is believed to have sought assurances from BJP on certain key issues before the two parties can come together to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir and end the current political deadlock resulting from a hung verdict.
People's Democratic Party on Tuesday said it will consider National Conference's (NC) offer of support for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate party forum as peace in the state was its priority rather than just coming to power.
Mainstream parties as well as separatist groups of Jammu and Kashmir today voiced opposition to any move by the Central government to grant permanent residency status and voting rights to West Pakistan Refugees, who have settled in various parts of the state.
As the deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continues, the National Conference on Monday held a core group meeting at former chief minister Omar Abdullah's residence to discuss future policies.