`Coalition can work in JK`

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Jammu
May 06, 2004 08:57 PM IST

Ruling out support of smaller parties, Ghulam Nabi Azad said the coalition govt can function smoothly in J&K.

Ruling out support of smaller parties in Jammu and Kashmir, Pradesh Congress Committee president Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the coalition government can function "smoothly" without it.

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"The state coalition government can run without smaller parties to fulfill its commitments made under Common Minimum Programme (CMP)", Azad said while addressing an election rally in Ramnagar area of Udhampur district yesterday.

Referring to the achievements of the PDP-led coalition government in the state, Azad said the law was passed for implementation of reservation for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, giving 33 per cent of reservation to women with equal right of voting in basic democratic institution of Panchayati Raj and inclusion of Dogri in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution.

Besides, the government also fulfilled its commitments in government jobs and admissions in professional institutions, he said adding the Congress party, which is a major partner in the coalition regime, would ensure that other commitments under CMP are also fulfilled in due course of time.

AICC general secretary Ambika Soni, in her address, criticised the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for "misusing" public money for its campaign.

She claimed an amount of 450 crore were spent by the BJP in the "false campaign" only to enhance their poll prospects.

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