Congress, NC coalition in J&K ends; Azad for party going alone, Omar says it was his decision

congThe marriage between Congress and National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir has finally ended in a divorce with Congress finally making it clear that it will fight the ensuing state polls alone. The decision was on expected lines as the relations between both the parties have remained turbulent since the disaster faced by the coalition in the Lok Sabha polls. None of the parties managed to win a single Lok Sabha seat which perhaps happened for the first time in the state.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that it was better that party fought on its own as it did in the last two polls. He however assured that COngress would support the state government and there was no risk to it. Meanwhile, National Conference leader Mehboob Beig said that while it was the decision of the Congress to walk away from the coalition it would be difficult for the parties to manage good results in the coming elections. However, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a counter attack asserted that it was NC which had decided to walk away from the alliance. Omar in a tweet said he had already conveyed NC decision to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that his party wanted to go in election alone.

“I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn’t be making a public announcement because I didn’t want it to look opportunistic. For it to be spun now as a Congress decision is wrong and a complete distortion of the facts, not surprising but incorrect none the less,” he said in a tweet.

Sunil Kumar