National Conference set to join UPA
The National Conference, which will head a coalition government with Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, is all set to join the UPA, Congress sources said.india Updated: Jan 02, 2009 16:45 IST
The National Conference, which will head a coalition government with Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, is all set to join the UPA, Congress sources said on Friday.
NC President Omar Abdullah, who will take oath as the new Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on January 5, has written to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi expressing his party's desire to join the UPA. The NC has two members in the Lok Sabha.
38-year old Omar, the youngest ever chief minister of the state, will initially head a six member coalition ministry. The sources said there will be no rotation of chief ministership.
Besides Omar, three members each of NC and Congress will take oath on Monday.
Among the front runners in the race for Deputy Chief Ministership are Congress leaders B R Kundal, Shyamlal Sharma and Raman Bhalla.
The legislature groups of NC and Congress will meet in Srinagar tomorrow separately before calling on Governor N N Vohra to stake claim to form government.
Top leaders of NC and Congress held a 90-minute meeting in Delhi yesterday and decided to have a joint mechanism to review the performance of the government.