Jammu and Kashmir National Conference today said the party has decided to opt out of the formation of Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council (KAHDC) as alliance partner in the state government, Congress, had the people's mandate.
"We have decided that as Congress has won there, it will form the council. It is the decision of the people there," NC patron and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said at a function here.
Although National Conference and Congress are alliance partners in the state government, they contested the KAHDC polls against each other.
Abdullah said his party lost the elections due to "its own people" and it should accept the verdict.
"Our own people did wrong there and that is why we lost the elections. Now, we should accept that but do not worry, elections will come again," he said in his address to party workers, after paying floral tributes to NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his death anniversary, at Hazratbal here.
The union minister expressed hope that his partymen will "learn" from the mistakes and do better in the assembly elections next year.
"They (partymen) were flying high that we will win in Kargil, but we have not. So, we have to be cautious and not let it happen in the 2014 elections," he said.
He said there were people who want the coalition partners to fight over every issue.