NC, Cong had agreed to support PDP for govt formation to protect Article 35-A: Omar

Srinagar, Nov 22 (UNI) A day after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved J&K Legislative Assembly, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that his party and Congress had agreed to support People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for government formation to protect the special status of the state.

Minutes after PDP president Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form government with the support of NC and Congress, Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly claiming “extensive horse-trading” and the “impossibility” of forming a stable government by coming together of political parties with “opposing political ideologies”.

“Since BJP broke its alliance with the PDP and the government fell, we (NC) wanted that the Assembly to be dissolved. We (NC) were not of the opinion to form a government with PDP and Congress in the state,” Mr Abdullah told reporters during a press conference here on Thursday.

“But, from some time now, people were complaining that efforts are being made to hurt the special status of the state, communal harmony of J&K… that efforts were being made to demonize Kashmiris, not just in the country, but rest of the world… which resulted in attacks on several Kashmiri students pursuing studies outside the state,” he said.

So, he said ‘we initiated a dialogue’. “But from the beginning we made it clear that we don’t want to be a part of the government though we will support it from the outside. Farooq Abdullah (NC President) and I were offered to lead the government, but we both rejected it,” he told reports.

He said, ‘We have agreed that once the coalition government properly defends Article 35-A in the Supreme Court in January, the Chief Minister will resign and recommend to the Governor that the Assembly be dissolved so that Assembly elections could be held with parliamentary elections in 2019 and people get a new government.

Meanwhile, challenging BJP general secretary Ram Madhav to prove that NC boycotted last month’s local polls on ‘instructions from across the border’, Mr Abdullah said that by this statement he has disrespected the sacrifices of NC workers, who were killed for not dancing to the tunes of Pakistan.

Justified his move to partner with Mehbooba-led PDP, Mr Abdullah said he took the decision, knowing it would cost his party politically, for the sake of Jammu and Kashmir.