Will Think Of Reviving Old Friendship With BJP, If They Approach, Says Farooq Abdullah

In a surprising statement on the ongoing deadlock on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference patron and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah had said that his party would consider a tie-up with the BJP if they get any call or proposal for the government formation in the state.

However, soon taking a U-turn, Farooq Abdullah claimed that he never said that they will have an alliance with the BJP in J&K.

Abdullah had earlier hinted that they have not shut their doors for government formation in J&K.

According to him, the party will call its working committee meeting, and place such proposal before it for discussion. He said that party’s doors are open.

Blaming People’s Democratic Party for this chaos and uncertainty in the state after the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, he suggested that both the PDP and BJP leaders should talk to each other to discuss their outstanding and contradictory issues to end the uncertainty on the formation of government.

He termed the “no government period’ as major concern for the people in the state.

Farooq Abdullah said that PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is responsible to form the government with BJP as it was her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who has entered into alliance with the saffron party.

He said:

“If she is her daughter then she should continue her party’s alliance with the BJP.”

The 78-year-old Abdullah said that his party has never escaped from its duties. He said in 1996 when nobody was prepared to participate in the election, it was his party who put their lives on risk, and participated in the electoral process as it was important for the state at that time.

Expressing his concern for the state, Abdullah said that J&K has always been in problems, and the uncertainty is not good for the state. He said the state has been passing through a serious situation and it has numerous enemies.

In a series of tweets, Omar Abdullah, former chief minister and son of Farooq Abdullah, tried to clarify the position.

In the 87-member Assembly, National Conference has got 15 members, PDP has 27 members, followed by BJP 25, Congress 12, People’s Conference 2, CPM and Jammu Kashmir People’s Democratic Front 1 each, besides three Independents.


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