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Too early to comment on pre-poll alliance: Cong

india Updated: Nov 10, 2013 20:06 IST
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The state Congress has said the party has yet not decided on having any pre-poll alliance with the National Conference and any decision on it will be taken by the high command.

"It's the prerogative of the high command to accord sanction to poll alliance in the state taking into account the point of view presented by the state leadership of the party. It's too premature to draw any conclusion on this behalf at this point of time," said Congress leader and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil at rally in Kashmir.

Speculations about the NC-Congress pre-poll alliance have gained currency after Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on his visit to Kashmir, had said Omar Abdullah was his friend.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah had also stated that any formal decision in this regard would be taken by party president and union minister Farooq Abdullah.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah had said on November 4 that his future rests with the Congress-led UPA and had reiterated a day after also that he can't be part of the NDA.

Rahul Gandhi had in the past also supported Omar Abdullah, especially during the violent summer of 2010, which left 110 people dead in street protests across the Kashmir region.

"The government (Centre) has supported Omar Abdullah. The National Conference is the party in power.

He is a youngster. Kashmir is a difficult place. Omar is doing a tough job and he should be given time and support," Rahul Gandhi had said at a press conference in Kolkata in September 2010.

The Congress hopes to emerge as the single largest party in the state after assembly elections and the state leadership is skeptical about having pre-poll alliance.

"Too much shouldn't be read into the comment of Rahul Gandhi on his friendship with Omar Abdullah. Being a coalition partner he could not have said anything else. But he didn't say anything about pre-poll alliance publicly as it would be a collective decision especially when the Congress hopes to form government on its own in the state," said a senior Congress minister, wishing not to be named.

Vakil, in his address, said the Congress has broadened its base in all the three regions.

"The regional parties only aim for political gains through exploitation of regional sentiments and people have realised how it affects developmental process and their lives also," said Vakil.