Srinagar, Jan 14: As stalemate continued over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior National Conference (NC) leader Wednesday said they won’t be a part of the government if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accepts their offer of support.
“It should be amply clear that NC’s offer to PDP was an offer of Outside Support to form the Government in J&K and that National Conference was not interested in being a part of such a Government,” said NC General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar.
Had NC been interested in being part of a government, Sagar claimed, they could have aligned with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “as it was an option readily available to NC” after the election results.
Terming the remarks of Naeem Akhtar, Chief Spokesperson of the PDP, as “misinformed and unfounded”, Sagar said unlike PDP, National Conference has put its ideology and the State’s Special Status above the petty trappings of power by not aligning with the BJP.
Akhtar had yesterday said that people have voted for change in the state elections and that they will have to consider whether that change can be realized with support of NC for government formation.
He made these remarks after Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah moved the Governor’s office—Raj Bhawan—on Tuesday to formally reiterate its support to the PDP on government formation.
Taking a dig at the PDP, Sagar said NC has put their ideology over the lure of power.
“PDP wants to come to power at any cost, even if that means contradicting everything PDP leaders said during the campaign for the Assembly Elections.”
He said that NC had hoped that PDP would forge a coming together of the two regional parties in the larger interest of the State.
“But we recognize their compulsions due to the debt they owe to the BJP. It would now be better for the PDP to be honest with the people rather than trying to cloak their deceit behind some smokescreen of a moral high ground,” Sagar added.