Omar rules out unilateral support to PDP in J-K Govt formation

As suspense mounted over Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah tonight ruled out the party’s unilateral support to PDP from outside in any new dispensation with Congress backing.

Omar, a former chief minister who was the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s predecessor, also regretted the political uncertainty in the State where some people are “fishing in troubled waters” and asserted that an “accountable Government” should be in place at the earliest. The State, where PDP is in alliance with BJP, is currently under Governor’s rule.

“I had made an offer of support to Mufti sahab and the PDP in the immediate aftermath of the assembly elections about 12 months ago. That offer of support was turned down by PDP on the basis of a certain reading of the situation.

The way I see it, that situation has not changed. Therefore the logic or reasoning that led to Mufti Sahab turning down our offer stands true today as well. So I don’t see why I should be making any fresh approaches to the PDP for any sort of understanding or working relationship,” Omar told Karan Thapar on India Today TV.

Omar replied in the affirmative when asked whether he won’t offer support unilaterally a second time.

“If there is a change of thinking within the PDP, then it is for them to reflect back, not for me,” he said. (AGENCIES)

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