NC forced pre-poll alliance: Cong

  • HT correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: May 18, 2014 21:13 IST

The National Conference-Congress alliance is getting sour after the LS poll debacle. It's virtually on the verge of break up with both parties accusing each other for the loss of all six seats in the state.

The Congress has reacted sharply to the NC MLA and provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani's statement that having pre-poll alliance was disastrous.

Congress state unit president Ravinder Sharma said Aslam should tell it publicly that who forced the NC to go in for an alliance. He said it was known in political circles that who pressed harder for the pre-poll alliance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress spokesperson said if the pre-poll alliance was not in the interests of our coalition partner, they could have taken some other course.

The NC leader on Saturday evening had said entering into the pre-poll alliance with the Congress was not good.

"It is regretful that we did not opt to contest the elections separately. Had NC fought the elections independently, the results could have been entirely different," he had said.

Ravinder Sharma said the Congress workers had deep reservations for the pre-poll alliance with the NC, but the Congress high command decided to have an alliance as it was desired by the NC.

He said the entire Congress leadership campaigned extensively for the success of NC candidates in the Kashmir Valley and the votes secured by the NC candidates include a major chunk of Congress voters.

"Even if NC says that it didn't get lead in the constituencies represented by the Congress, then it should ask itself why it failed to secure lead in the constituencies of NC ministers and legislators. It speaks volumes about the reasons for the defeat of NC candidates," said the Congress.

NC MLA said while his party had supported coalition candidates in Jammu province which is evident by leads in areas where NC had substantial influence but Congress did not support NC candidates in Kashmir.

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