Cong, NC rule out any govt formation attempts in J&K

Amid reports of the National Conference and the PDP approaching the Congress for government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said the party will not be part of any attempts at government formation in the state as it does not believe in sacrificing ideology for power.

 The Congress is in a wait and watch mode in the state, which is under Governor’s Rule after the BJP pulled out of its alliance with the PDP and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has ruled out that the party will form a government with the PDP.

Speaking at a party meeting in Anantnag, the NC leader said his was in favour of dissolution of the state assembly. He also added there was a need to listen to the "alienated" youth of the state to bring them on board. “National Conference does not believe in sacrificing its ideological basis for power and the party will not be a part of any attempts for government formation through rumoured permutations and combinations,” Abdullah said. The NC vice president said, “We believe in respecting the mandate of the people and will not be a part of any attempts to ridicule and manipulate the aspirations of the people. It is for this precise reason that the party has sought the dissolution of the state legislative assembly.”

Abdullah said the NC understood the situation was not conducive for immediate elections in the state but only a fresh democratic exercise could repose the faith of the people in the institutions.

Meanwhile the Congress’ core group on J&K met in Delhi on Monday to discuss the political situation in the state. The meeting was held at the residence of former PM Manmohan Singh, who heads the group. The group also includes senior Congress  leaders Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, Congress general secretary in charge of the state Ambika Soni and Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir. The party will hold a meeting of its legislators in Srinagar this week.