The National Conference-Congress alliance, headed by Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday resolved the deadlock over the creation of new administrative units in the state after the intervention of Congress high command and union minister Farooq Abdullah.
Though Farooq insisted that his son Omar was “free to make his own decisions”, sources said the senior Abdullah had sought intervention from the party high command, following which All-India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi directed her party colleagues to “extend support to the Omar-led government”.
“I have not spoken to anybody. The decision is entirely of Omar Abdullah’s,” Farooq told Hindustan Times.
The formation of new administrative units in the state has led to an increasingly strained relationship between the two coalition partners, which seem to be on the brink of a split as the CM has threatened to resign.
Sources in the party said Farooq had asked Omar to continue in office, even as a certain section of the party insisted on quitting the coalition after the Pathribal verdict. “Going with the Congress is like going with a sinking ship. We don’t even mind early elections. Let the state go to polls with Lok Sabha elections,” a senior NC leader said.
However, sources said the matter was resolved after a late evening meeting at the house of Congress general secretary and in-charge of party’s Kashmir affairs Ambika Soni on Tuesday evening.
After the meeting between Omar and Congress senior leaders Ambika Soni, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz on Monday failed to reach any consensus, the Congress high command had asked the Kashmir unit of the party to hold a preliminary meeting with state Congress ministers. These included deputy chief minister Tara Chand, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Sham Lal Sharma. The meeting was also attended by Azad and Soz.