NC erased: Omar justifies supporting Azad

NC erased: Omar justifies supporting Azad

The party has represented the state of Jammu and Kashmir from time to time in both LokSabha and Rajya Sabha since 1947.

In a major setback to National Conference, the party will not have any representative in Parliament of India for the first time in history.

The party, which faced rot in the recently held assembly elections by being reduced to 15 MLAs, had fielded two candidates – Nasir AslamWani and Sajad Ahmed Kichloo- for the RajyaSabha elections held today.

However, both the candidates lost the elections due to the shortfall of numbers despite a pact with Congress.

“The party has represented the state of Jammu and Kashmir from time to time in both LokSabha and RajyaSabha since 1947. This is for the first time that the party will not have its member in either of the two houses,” a political observer said.

National Conference-Congress combine could only secure one seat (GhulamNabi Azad) in today’s elections.

On his party supporting Azad in the elections, NC working president Omar Abdullah today said, "If PDP and BJP can come closer in these elections despite their ideological differences, our relations with Congress are very old and we have no difference on ideological front on secularism."

He said there should be no objection if NC votes for Azad and makes him victorious to represent them in RajyaSabha. He ruled out any compulsion as far as supporting Azad in these elections is concerned.

Sources within the NC said that some leaders had pressed for fighting for the victory of party candidates instead of supporting Azad.