Cong-NC animosity may hasten polls

  • Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2014 00:40 IST

Days after ending its alliance with the National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress is all set to pull the plug from the Omar Abdullah government ahead of the assembly elections.

The relations between the two parties touched a new low when the Congress on Monday boycotted a meeting called by chief minister Omar Abdullah to select the head of the state human rights commission in retaliation to the NC’s move to stay away from the coordination committee deliberations on Sunday.

J&K Congress leaders have sent a representation to the party high command giving details of the “bitterness in ties” between the two parties. They have accused the NC of “repeatedly violating the coalition dharma” by “humiliating” Congress workers.

The Congress high command is expected to soon take a decision on the issue.

If the Congress decides to withdraw its support, there is a possibility that assembly elections could be advanced and held along with Maharashtra and Haryana and till then Abdullah runs a caretaker government. The imposition of governor’s rule for a brief period till elections is also not ruled out.

During the past few days, leaders of the two parties have engaged in a war of words. State Congress chief Saifuddin Soz first blamed the NC for “governance deficit” and said his party suffered due to people’s anger against the ruling party.

Senior NC leader Devinder Singh Rana hit back, calling the remarks unethical and maintained that Congress leaders have been issuing “irresponsible statements to create instability and administrative chaos”.

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