Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday ruled out possibility of snapping ties with its coalition partner Congress before the term ends and pledged his party's support to the government till the assembly polls. However, a cold war between the coalition partners continues over who was the first to call off pre-poll alliance.
"The alliance continues till the elections. It was a post-poll arrangement and no reason we stay together for elections," Abdullah told the Hindustan Times.
In response to utterances made by senior Congress leaders in Jammu while announcing to go for the upcoming polls, scheduled for October-November, alone, Abdullah said, "I informed Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi (Congress president) 10 days ago that the NC would not be fighting elections together with the Congress."
Apparently to battle out the impression being given by the Congress that it was disappointed with the functioning of NC and pulled out of any pre-poll alliance, the chief minister made three tweets too on Twitter.
"I met Gandhi 10 days ago (and) thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC's decision to fight the (coming) elections alone. I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn't be making a public announcement because I didn't want it to look opportunistic," he said.
"For it to be spun now as a Cong(ress) decision is wrong (and) a complete distortion of the facts, not surprising but incorrect none the less," he added.
In an interview to local agency, Abdullah claimed that in the recently held parliamentary polls the National Conference transferred the votes in the favour of Congress in Jammu region but contrary was witnessed in the Valley. “It is quite obvious. NC didn’t get the Congress votes in the valley. If votes would have been transferred, the situation today would have been different,” Omar told said.
He said if the alliance ahead of polls would have been forged with the Congress, the same would have caused much damage to NC. “If the things of the past would have been repeated in the assembly elections, the same could have caused damage. Now both the parties will contest the elections separately. Let us see who performs better. Good thing about the decision is that we would not witness further damage.”
Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed the alliance break up "must be troubling the NC as it was in favour of continuing with the coalition".
"The Congress decision shakes the confidence of NC. The NC showed its willingness to contest elections with the Congress was evident from the first list of candidates where many seats were left unnamed. It was ample signals of willingness towards the Congress," said PDP leader Ilyas Laway.
He said, "This decision will have serious repercussions on political scenario in the state."
In June this year, Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad made a surprise visit of PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed 's house. Sources said though the PDP has refused any pre-poll alliance with the Congress, it kept doors open for post-poll alliance.
NC forged an alliance with the Congress in 2009.