Coalition a possibility after polls in JK: Congress

Coalition a possibility after polls in JK: Congress
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Srinagar, Jul 3: Rejecting speculations about a possible PDP-Congress alliance to form a government in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief G A Mir, however, said a coalition with any political party can’t be ruled out after fresh Assembly elections.
Hitting out at PDP and BJP over the current situation in the state, Mir said that the ‘unholy union of the duo pushed Jammu and Kashmir into Governor’s rule’.
The JKPCC chief further said that Governor N N Vohra should dissolve the state Assembly as soon as possible, if no political party has claimed stake to form the government in writing, to avoid ‘horse-trading’.
“We don’t have design to forge an alliance with any political party as of now as he don’t have the numbers in the Assembly. We will go to the people and seek their votes… once they give us mandate we will work for their well being,” Mir told reporters during a press conference in Srinagar, where a meeting of senior Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ambika Soni, and state MLAs is going on to discuss the current situation in the state.
Answering a question about former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta’s statement that many MLAs are ready to join BJP, he said, “J&K as the most stringent law against anti-defection in the country. So Gupta should first examine that law and then talk about it. But, even if after going through the anti-defection law, they try to break any party, it is their prerogative. But, Congress doesn’t indulge in any such activity.”
“We will not hurt any political party. If anyone wants to leave Congress or join Congress they are free to do so,” he said.
Talking about Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “I’m saying this on principle that it is beneficial for the people if the Governor’s rule remains imposed in the state for as less time as possible. The Governor administration can not undertake work with that pace as an elected government can.”
The JKPCC chief further said that the Governor’s rule should end as soon as possible and it should give way to an elected government.
Responding to a question whether Congress will form alliance with any political party if new elections result in hung Assembly, he said, “Congress is the oldest parts in the country. If a newly created political party wants to forge an alliance with the Congress, we will always welcome it.”
“A meeting is underway between MLAs, former ministers, senior Congress national and state leaders, including Azad and Soni, in which we are discussing the political instability which has arose due to the unholy coalition between PDP and BJP. The PDP-BJP coalition was formed to dislodge,” he said.
Mir also alleged that the failure of the previous PDP-BJP government was responsible for the current situation in the state. “Every political party irrespective of their ideology should work for the improvement in the situation in the state,” he added.