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Omar Abdullah’s National Conference, Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP join hands with Congress in J&K

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Altaf Bukhari of the Peoples Democratic Party confirmed that the trio will be coming together.

Srinagar: The PDP, National Conference and Congress have agreed to join hands to form a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari said here on Wednesday.

The businessman-turned-politician said around 60 MLAs were supporting the proposed alliance in the 87-member House.

“The leaders have agreed to form an alliance. The PDP, NC, Congress at the leadership level have agreed. What are the contours of the alliance, it has not come down to MLAs. I am an MLA and I have been told only this much,” Bukhari told reporters here.

The Peoples Democratic Party leader, who met National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah earlier in the day, said he did not discuss the alliance issue with the former chief minister.

“We keep on meeting. I had no talks about the alliance but generally we all meet,” he said.

Bukhari, who is tipped to lead the alliance if it comes to fruition, denied that he had called a meeting of PDP MLAs in connection with government formation.

Asked if he was in the running for the chief minister’s post, Bukhari said, “There is no such thing. The chief minister will be from among the leaders. This issue is not about chief ministership”.

“This alliance is being formed to address the Kashmir issue, the situation in Kashmir and to protect the special identity of the state that we have in the Constitution of India.

“As elected representatives, we have to respond to the aspirations of the people and the emerging situation. Article 370 and Article 35-A are under attack. This alliance is not being formed for being in power,” he added.

To a query on when would the alliance be announced formally, he said, “It should be made very soon. Nothing has been planned for today in view of Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations”.-PTI

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  1. These three should have come together right after the elections. It was a disaster for PDP to go with the BJP in the first place. 

    PDP thought that being in power at the centre the BJP will help, and BJP always thinks helping a non-BJP party would only strengthen that other party’s position in the long run. These people NEVER help anyone other than their Hindutva coterie. Now in Bihar Nitish Kumar has made the same mistake!

    I remember when the uncertainty was on after the election results, because no party was in a position to form a government on its own, BJP leaders used to issue statements like, (PDP) will HAVE TO form a coalition with BJP. That sounded more like a threat than an invitation. (How DARE YOU not to, sort of a thing). Mufti Mohammed, the boss of the PDP I think DID get intimidated. Nor did Mehbooba Mufty had the courage to walk out even when BJP’s inertia and stepmotherly treatment were too evident for everyone to see.

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