Congress divided into two groups over Govt. Formation in Jammu & Kashmir


Jammu, January 27: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) is divided into two groups over the issue of government re-formation in the state. While one group wants to make an alliance with Peoples Democratic Party if any such feelers are received from its president Mehbooba Mufti in the coming days and the other group opposes it.

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As per a local daily, most of the members of the party members are of the view that PDP should clear its stand about whom it will get in alliance with to form government in the state.

The core group of JKPCC held a meeting on Monday where a senior leader said that the party do not want to force the PDP leadership to form an alliance with BJP like NC.

“The NC has its agenda and wants to throw out the PDP completely from Kashmir. We are not like the NC but will respond to the situation like a responsible party,” said the leader.

He further said that the we will decide our take only after PDP clear its stance.

The meeting continued for hours where the leaders discussed the political situation which has arisen in the state after CM’s sudden death and the imposition of Governor’s rule. The leader also deliberated upon the upcoming municipal and panchayat elections.

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According to the JKPCC spokesperson, Ravindra Sharma, the Congress is a responsible political party. The leaders have discussed the political situation and decided to become a bridge between the people and the administration. Our present focus is not on government formation as the PDP and the BJP have to take a call.

However, the sources said that the some Congress legislators wanted the party to have discussion with PDP leadership over govt formation since Congress is losing its vote bank in Kashmir where BJP is gaining strength now.

As per one leader of this group, “It is better to tie up with the PDP instead of sitting idle. Since the BJP has come to power, they are drawing people in the Valley towards them which was evident a few days ago when hundreds of BJP supporters protested against Independent MLA Engineer Rashid.”

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The sources confirmed that there is a difference between some legislators and party leaders over the government formation. While legislators want to ally with the PDP, JKPCC leaders said that they don’t have the mandate to go for government formation and it might affect their future prospects.