NC-PDP-Congress ‘Alliance’: Not against the idea, says State Congress Chief

Srinagar: A day after PDP heavy weight Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that he was ready to join a ‘third front’ if it emerges in Jammu and Kashmir, reports have been pouring in that PDP and National Conference might join hands to form the government in the state with outside support from Congress.

According to a report in the NDTV, the Congress leadership has approved a tie-up with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Omar Abdullah’s National Conference with outside support.

The report, quoting a source added that the talks between the three parties are at an advanced stage to stymie attempts by the BJP to form a new government and engineer defections in the PDP and Congress.

While speaking to Free Press Kashmir, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir says that he has no information about the meeting, however, he is not against the idea, “given the way communal forces have/ are planning to execute venomous ideas in the state.”

“If, on a national level, like minded people are putting forward their ideas, making it a role model and turning it into one single voice to fight against communal forces, won’t be wrong,” said Mir adding, “The naked-dance BJP has been performing and plans on doing here are evident by the way situation has turned tense here for last 4 years.”

The offices of political parties are yet to receive any formal proposal for the meet, Mir says, “(Even if the grand alliance is not discussed), security scenario and legalities pertaining to the uncertainty of Governor’s rule should be discussed.”

The BJP-PDP government with Mehbooba Mufti as Chief Minister of the state fell on June 16 after the BJP withdrew from the coalition. With Mufti’s letter of resignation submitted to the governor, the state was put under Governor’s rule which will last only up to December 19.

Governor Satya Pal Malik last week reportedly has said that the state will not be dissolved, for now, and that J&K is headed for President’s rule. Countering the Governor ‘statement, while pushing the parties to talk about the issue, Mir says “You cannot keep the state under 6 years of Governor Rule.”

New Delhi based The Wire had earlier reported that Congress Party along with two major regional powers of Jammu and Kashmir – People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) are likely to meet officially this week and discuss the possibility of meeting the governor to stake claim to form government.

Journalist Azaan Javaid in the report had quoted a senior congress leader as saying that the governor has hinted at keeping a status quo, ‘which means he will not dissolve the assembly and keep it in an animated state, thus avoiding a fresh election. President’s rule will be imposed soon and it would have been ideal to dissolve the assembly but this has not happened. Instead, the BJP is attempting to break regional political parties and form a new alliance.”

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