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NC will further strengthen coalition with Congress in J&K, Omar tells Sonia

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday delivered a powerful message of the “ smooth functioning” of the National Conference – Congress coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir and vowed to “ further strengthen” it in a meeting with the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi this morning.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2010 19:33 IST
Arun Joshi

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday delivered a powerful message of the “ smooth functioning” of the National Conference – Congress coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir and vowed to “ further strengthen” it in a meeting with the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi this morning,

The two leaders also chalked out a roadmap of further democratization of the state with the ruling National Conference- Congress alliance working “ hand in hand”

In the meeting that lasted for half an hour , the two leaders discussed a variety of issues , ranging from the forthcoming local bodies elections to the women’s reservation bill, which Omar hailed as a “ landmark piece of legislation” and offered his party’s unequivocal support to it.

The meeting between the two leaders at a time when Jammu and Kashmir is all set to the next level of democratization , with the local bodies elections scheduled for May , after successful Assembly polls in December 2008 and parliamentary elections in April-May 2009, conveyed a strong political message of the ruling alliance putting together a joint effort to take the democratic process to grassroots.

“The two discussed local bodies elections and strategy of the coalition to face them”, an official hand out said .

Major issues related to the functioning of the coalition government and how it faced various challenges and how it was working from its agenda to the delivery level. It was claimed that they voiced their “satisfaction over its smooth functioning”, a reference to no untoward scenes in the cabinet meetings and broader agreement to focus on the issues that confront the state and how to overcome those.

The meeting started at 11.30 am and lasted until 12 noon, during which, according to an official handout, the Chief Minister gave a detailed account of the political, social and developmental aspects.

Omar made it a point to thank Sonia Gandhi for the liberal support Jammu and Kashmir had received from the Centre. He assured her that “ National Conference will work hand in hand with Congress to further strengthen coalition in the state for peace, development and harmony in the state, “the official handout quoted Omar as telling so to the UPA chairperson.