Omar Abdullah seeks fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir

Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, June 19 :National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday sought fresh elections and said People must be given a chance to elect a new government and both BJP and PDP are responsible for the growing radicalisation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Abdullah said, ““We have asked for fresh elections and that is what we have asked the governor for. At the earliest, the people should be given the chance to choose a government for themselves. Decision is up to the Governor whether to seek early election or keep govt suspended.”

“Unfortunate that the BJP didn’t take the PDP into confidence about their decision,If they (BJP) are citing radicalisation as the reason, they are much responsible as PDP is. Both the parties have pushed the state to this precipice,” said the former chief minister.

“Only the BJP can tell you what compelled them to pull out of the alliance. I am not surprised that the alliance broke down, only the timing of it has surprised me. I was expecting it later in the year, not now,” Omar Abdullah said.

“We don’t have the mandate to form the government. No one has approached us and neither are we approaching anyone. I told the Governor we don’t have the mandate. He has no choice but to impose Governor rule, “Abdullah siad..

On the NC’s offer of support to PDP in 2014, Abdullah said, “It was a one-time offer, it expired the day BJP and PDP joined hands.”

Abdullah added, “We are not celebrating this break up. We are not mourning the demise of democracy in this state.”

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee says the PDP-BJP coalition was destined to break as it was an “unholy” alliance. “This was an unholy alliance and it was expected to break from day one. They had betrayed the people of the state and supporters of the respective parties. They sought votes on opposing agendas,” PCC president G A Mir said.

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