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We've got positive signals from Cong: Omar Abdullah

"The NC has got very positive signals from Congress, otherwise I would not have come to Delhi," the National Conference chief who flew in to Delhi from Srinagar for a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, told reporters at the airport. Listen to podcast: 1 | 2

india Updated: Dec 29, 2008 23:13 IST

National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said his party has got "positive signals" from the Congress on forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Assembly election has returned a fractured verdict.

"The NC has got very positive signals from Congress. Otherwise, I would not have come to Delhi," Abdullah, who flew in to Delhi from Srinagar for a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, told reporters at the airport.

Asked who would be the Chief Minister in such an arrangement, the 38-year-old leader said he would first hold talks about stitching up an alliance and then discuss the nitty-gritty of the coalition.

"We will talk about formation of a coalition and if we succeed in the talks, then probably within two or three days, the announcement of coalition will be possible," Abdullah said adding that he will talk to the Congress leadership tomorrow.

"Everything will be clear after the talks," he added.

Asked whether the NC and Congress have an arrangement of rotating the Chief Ministership after three years during the six year tenure, he said, "We have not come with any formula and any condition. I think it (talks) will be successful.

"I am positive about the response I have for so far. Beyond that I am not going to say anything," Abdullah said.

When queried whether one can say that the separatist sentiments in the Valley has died down with the election results, he said it was "too premature" at this point to say so.

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