Form government or call fresh polls, Omar Abdullah tells PDP-BJP

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Omar Abdullah, former J& K Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah, former J& K Chief Minister

Putting a question mark over the existence of an alliance between the People’s Democratic Party(PDP)  and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),  National Conference chief Omar Abdullah asked  why there was no government in Kashmir and said both alliance partners were afraid of snap polls.

Despite numbers, the duo are not ready to form the government, ANI quoted Abdullah as saying. He further said though an elected government was not in place, the alliance between PDP and BJP was still intact.

When Mufti Sayeed was alive, Mehbooba missed no occasion to defend her father’s decision of forming the alliance with BJP. “On two occasions in Delhi during two seminars and when the Prime Minister came to Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti defended this alliance,” he said.

“It is high time Mehbooba Mufti cleared the air and clarified her stand on two-three issues. What are CBMs and why did their need arise only after Mufti Sayeed’s demise. She cannot keep the people of Kashmir guessing on formation of a government,” Omar told reporters.

Governor NN Vohra had appointed two retired IAS officers as his advisors, a move seen as another indication that J&K might remain without an elected government for long.

In the backdrop of a bitter relationship between the PDP and the BJP, Abdullah said, “I am not even ready to discuss any relationship with the BJP at this juncture.”