Exuding confidence, Congress says any alliance in J&K only after a national alliance shapes up

Mir exuded confidence, hoping the Congress party will emerge as the “single largest party in the upcoming elections.”

SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 13 2018 1:33AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2018 1:33AM
Exuding confidence, Congress says any alliance in J&K only after a national alliance shapes upPhoto: Mubashir Khan/GK

Exuding confidence after its recent electoral victories in three states, the state unit of Congress party Wednesday said it has not thought about any alliance for Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls but it will depend on a grand alliance shaping up at the national level. 

“The alliance in Kashmir will depend on grand alliance in center (national level),” G A Mir, president pf Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee said here. 

“So far we have not given any thought to it (alliance with any party in J&K).”

Mir exuded confidence, hoping the Congress party will emerge as the “single largest party in the upcoming elections.” 

The JKPCC president said his party put up a good show in the recent municipal elections and a good number of Panchs and Sarpanchs from Congress have been elected during the just concluded village bodies’ polls. 

“As of now we are endeavoring to fight on our own…but we are also keeping a close watch on developments at the national level,” he said, adding that developments in rest of the country have an impact on J&K politics too.

“We got feedback that there is a direct impact and J&K will adopt the same path by supporting Congress.”

Mir said PM Modi and the BJP tried to divide the country through their ‘politics of hate’, but voters in the ‘Hindi heartland’ rejected it by voting for the Congress party in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

“We hope that this trend will continue in 2019 (parliamentary polls) as well,” he said.

About divisional status to Ladakh and subsequent demand by Peoples Democratic Party for same status to Chenab valley, Mir said such decision should be taken by an elected government and not by the Governor’s administration.

However, he supported setting up a separate division for Ladakh but opposed the same for Chenab valley. 

“We feel the demand of Ladakh is valid. But, it cannot be decided by the Governor and his four advisors,” Mir said, adding that there should a debate in the assembly before such decisions could be taken. 

Explaining his opposition to a divisional statust to Chenab valley, Mir said South Kashmir too is backward and so is Kupwara. 

“We have to see other bad patches as well and how to go forward.” 

The JKPCC chief said Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi has emerged a strong force in the country.

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