NC, Congress firming up pre-poll alliance: Omar

‘Talks On With Sonia Gandhi; Our Ties Have Historic Background’


Nowshera/Akhnoor, Dec 12: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday declared that his party is in the process of finalizing a grand pre-poll¬ alliance for upcoming parliamentary elections and the assembly elections in the state with the Congress high command.
“We are already in touch with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the pre-poll alliance and are hopeful of laying foundations for a stronger coalition between NC and Congress in Jammu and Kashmir”, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced at a public meeting in Akhnoor today. He said NC-Congress ties are today stronger than ever and “we want to build this trust further.”
“Ties between NC and Congress have a historic background and these continued to grow since the time of Sheikh Sahab and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. NC-Congress relationship grew stronger during Sheikh Sahib and Indira Ji’s period and Rajiv Gandhi and Dr Farooq Abdullah’s time, and this unique relationship is being further cemented now”, he said.
Omar said the relations between the two families – Gandhis and Abdullahs – remained always unaffected by the changing political scenarios. “Differences between the two parties never affected the personal relations of the two families”, he said adding; “The ideology and policy for good governance and equitable development of all the sections of the society and the regions and sub-regions of the State enshrined by National Conference and Congress in their political agenda are so common and close to each other that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru maintained that formation of Congress party in Jammu and Kashmir was not needed when Sheikh Sahab was at the helm of affairs in the State”.
Pertinently, Omar, had been strongly pitching for pre-poll alliance with Congress for state assembly elections scheduled for 2014. He had publicly announced that his party is contemplating to forge a grand alliance with the Congress for general elections – a proposal which so far has not found any strong support from the alliance partner Congress.
At today’s public meeting at Akhnoor, NC leader and junior minister in the state’s council of ministers, Javaid Ahmad Dar went a step ahead and declared that NC-Congress will be contesting the upcoming polls in alliance.
Omar, however, chose not to make any direct hint over the issue but said that the NC-Congress ties have grown stronger with the conduct of Panchayat elections and subsequent polls for four seats of Legislative Council.
On the working of NC-Congress coalition government, the Chief Minister said that the Council of Ministers rendered their services to the people in its best capacity and worked in tandem to implement public welfare schemes with commitment and carried forward the State towards the goal of peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir.
“We joined our hands to achieve this target and we are moving towards it amicably and jointly”, he said and added that the fighting of elections for MLC seats jointly by NC and Congress has provided very good opportunity to the workers of both the parties to percolate coalition to the grass roots.
‘Resolve Kashmir peacefully’
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday said he has always batted for good Indo-Pak relations and resolution of issues between the two neighbours through peaceful means and would continue to work in this direction.
“My efforts in this direction would continue”, Omar said adding that he would urge the central leadership to take up the issue of violation of cease-fire with Pakistan to ensure peace and tranquility on LoC and at borders.
He said people living in border areas have to bear the brunt of violation of cease-fire and their life, property, agriculture and economic activities get severely hampered by such incidents.
The Chief Minister said that the central leadership and the union governments in India and Pakistan are only authorities who can sit down and sort-out issues amicably.
“Those (PDP) who blow their own trumpet in this regard making false claims only exhibit their style of befooling commoners”, he said adding that people in Jammu and Kashmir are politically mature enough to understand that international issues are dealt by the central governments and central leaderships and not by the local party presidents or state chief ministers.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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