Not power-hungry, offered outside support to PDP: NC

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 14: The National Conference Wednesday said it has offered its “outside support” to the Peoples Democratic Party on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir to end the political impasse. The party said it wasn’t otherwise interested to be a part of the government.
J&K came under Governor’s rule on January 8 after none of the political parties came up with the required numbers to form the government in the 87-member Assembly.
“It should be amply clear that NC’s offer is an offer of outside support to form the Government in J&K and that we are not interested in being a part of such a Government with PDP,” said NC’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.
The National Conference made its outside-support-offer clear on the day the PDP formally rejected to ally with it to form the government, arguing “NC is trying to return to power through backdoor.”
The NC working President Omar Abdullah had Tuesday formally offered his party’s support to PDP in a communication to the Governor NN Vohra.
PDP Chief Spokesman NaeemAkther earlier termed the NC’s offer as a “desperate attempt by the party to negate election results and convert their defeat into victory.”
“Akhtar’s remarks are misinformed and unfounded,” Sagar said.
He said the NC has put its ideology and J&K’s special status “above the petty trappings of power” by not aligning with the BhartiyaJanata Party (BJP).
“If we were interested in being part of a Government, we could have aligned with the BJP as it was an option readily available to NC after the election results came out. We have put our ideology over the lure of power, something that quite understandably seems inconceivable for PDP,” Sagar said.
While BJP is holding negotiations with PDP on government formation, the party has maintained it was in touch with NC over the alliance issue—the statement rejected by Omar and his party.
The election results in J&K threw up a fractured mandate with PDP bagging 28 seats followed by BJP with 25. NC won 15 seats and is claiming support of three independents while Congress won 12 seats.
Governor’s rule was imposed after Omar stepped down as the caretaker Chief Minister. However he offered support to PDP on Tuesday after chairing the party’s Core Group meeting here. NC blamed PDP for “pushing the state into the Governor’s rule.”
“We hoped that PDP would support coming together of two regional parties in larger interest of State. But we recognize their compulsions due to the debt they owe to the BJP,” Sagar said.
In the past the NC has openly alleged that PDP was the creation of BJP to divide the political voice in J&K.