National Conference (NC) working president and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday that his party has sent a formal letter to Governor N N Vohra, offering support to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which emerged as the single largest party in the assembly elections.
In the letter, the NC, which has 15 assembly members, has also urged the Governor to seek the party’s view before deciding on the viability of the assembly. “NC has written to Gov Vohra sahib reiterating our offer of support to JKPDP and asking him to call us before deciding assembly viability,” Abdullah tweeted. The NC leadership said the decision to handover the formal letter of support was taken after the party’s core group met in Srinagar Monday.
The letter was handed over to the Governor by the NC’s provincial president Devender Rana. In the letter, the NC has said that the PDP emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded polls in which people participated in large numbers, but the indecisiveness of the PDP to form the government led to the imposition of Governor rule in the state. Though the NC has earlier offered support to the PDP to form the next government, the latter had termed it “non-serious”. The Congress, with its 12 MLAs, has already offered unconditional support to the PDP and senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has even advocated for a grand alliance to keep BJP away from power in the state. Though PDP leaders are already holding informal talks with the BJP, deliberations between the two parties are yet to reach a conclusion. PDP chief spokesman Naiem Akthar said that the party leadership said they have taken note of NC’s offer. “We will discuss it in our political affairs committee and respond,” he said.