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Coalition will continue, clarifies Congress

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, August 13, 2014
First Published: 19:59 IST(13/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:02 IST(13/8/2014)

A few days after the reports suggesting split in the National Conference-Congress coalition, the Congress has ruled out withdrawing support to the Omar Abdullah government.

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Sources, however, said the Congress leadership has asked chief minister Omar Abdullah to "implement all promises made in the government manifesto" before the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

According to sources, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni on Tuesday had contacted the state Congress leaders and told them that the party must concentrate on "forcing the Omar regime to implement all manifesto promises" before the state polls.

The rumours that the two coalition partners were on the brink of a split, were rife after the Congress-NC coordination committee meeting was cancelled. The NC leadership had refused to take part in the meeting in spite of the reminders by state Congress chief Saifuddin Soz.

The Congress leadership had lodged a strong protest with the party high command in New Delhi over what they termed it the "arrogance" of its partner in dealing with serious issues related to the common people. The state leadership had asked the Congress high command to withdraw support and press for early polls.

She had also assured them that she will also contact the chief minister and convey the sentiments of the state Congress leaders.

Senior NC leaders rubbished the rumours of ending the coalition. "Mr Soz has been trying to do the same in the past as well. As far as senior Congress leaders are considered, they want the government to continue its full term."

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