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"Cong stalling formation of new government"

Accusing the Congress of "stalling" the formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti today said it had created a situation where Jammu region and Kashmir valley are perceived to be against each other. A PDP Chief Minister in the state would have provided a "healing touch", she said.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2002 19:48 IST

Accusing the Congress of "stalling" the formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti today said it had created a situation where Jammu region and Kashmir valley are perceived to be against each other.



Claiming that a PDP Chief Minister in the state would have provided a "healing touch", Mehbooba said "Congress should understand that it was PDP which bagged sixteen seats and marginalised NC to 28 seats, thereby ejecting them in valley."



However, Congress exploited the issue and virtually gave birth to a Jammu versus Kashmir situation, she alleged.



The PDP had made it clear to Congress at the onset about a PDP-led government in the state, Mehbooba, daughter of the JKPDP chief Mufti Mohammad Syed saidover phone from Srinagar, adding both the parties should honour the verdict of the people.



Refuting allegations that PDP was responsible for the present stalemate, Mehbooba said "this is not a tussle for power, but our commitment to honour the aspiration of the verdict of the people, particularly the valley and promises made by us to them."



Congress has got governments in 14 states in India, she said and added "heavens would have not fallen if in 15th state a non-Congress led government would have been formed".