A day after the National Conference spokesperson denied claims that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was still in touch with the party over government formation, it was NC's working president Omar Abdullah who came out to react strongly.
Abdullah, who is in London with his parents, tweeted a rebuttal saying neither he nor his ailing father and party patron Farooq Abdullah were discussing government formation with the saffron party.
The BJP president Amit Shah had claimed that his party has been holding talks with both the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and NC over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. However he had said there has been no fruitful outcome yet.
Abdullah, who denied Shah's claims, also used the opportunity to take a dig at the PDP which is believed to be inching closer to finalising an alliance with the BJP.
He said if the BJP is claiming to be in negotiations with the NC also then it means that the saffron party is not too keen to forge an alliance with PDP, but the other way round.
"BJP claims to be talking to @JKNC_ <https://twitter.com/JKNC_> it clearly means it's not the PDP that is reluctant to forge a BJP-PDP alliance regardless of PDP claims," Abdullah tweeted.
The PDP and BJP, which met the governor NN Vohra separately, have sought more time as, according to sources, the two paryies are trying to strike the best deal to make the alliance look acceptable to their constituencies.
Many PDP leaders are believed to have told their party patron Mufti Sayeed that aligning with BJP could boomerang as many people had voted for the PDP only to keep BJP away in the Valley where separatist sentiment still prevails among a large section of the society.
However, a strong lobby within the PDP is supporting the alliance and the balance, insiders said, seems to be tilted in their favour.