No truck with BJP, says Omar

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New Delhi, Jan. 17 (ANI): Even as National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah retracted from his demand for holding fresh elections if the coalition fails to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir, his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday ruled out the possibility of any tie up with the BJP in this regard.

Omar posted on his Facebook page, his party was not power hungry and would not make an ideological compromise.

“The PDP is an ally of the BJP, and the NC is not obliged to rescue either PDP or BJP from the ensuing stalemate in their standing political alliance,” he said.

Speaking with reporters, Farooq Abdullah on Sunday retracted from his Saturday’s statement, where he had called for dissolving the assembly and holding fresh elections.

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Asked to comment on his statement in which he had said that his party’s doors were open if the BJP leadership approached him to form a government in the state, Farooq said he had never said that his party was going with the BJP.

Senior Abdullah added that the NC has only 15 MLAs and with only 15 MLAs it cannot form a government.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar on Sunday said the agenda of alliance was intact and party president Mehbooba Mufti had been authorised to take a call in this regard.

“The agenda of alliance is a secret document for us, and party leaders have authorised party president Mehbooba to take a decision in this regard,” he said.

When asked how long it would to form a government in the state, Akhtar said she would take her own call and time.

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“There is no condition; good faith and implementation of the alliance’s agenda is foremost to the PDP, but the final call will be taken by Mehbooba,” he said in response to a question.

“The focus is on agenda, which has been the part of Mufti sahab’s vision, and we want to implement that vision, while Mehbooba will take a call on how best to do it,” said Akhtar, who was speaking to reporters after a meeting of PDP’s Core Committee. (ANI)

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