Srinagar: National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah Saturday brushed aside his brother and senior party leader Mustafa Kamal’s jibes at coalition partner Congress.
In a statement, Farooq said that the NC-Congress alliance in Parliamentary elections was working “perfectly well” and that Kamal’s comments were irrelevant.
“Congress votes were transferred effectively to National Conference candidates in the Anantnag parliamentary election and Congress leaders in South Kashmir worked with utmost honesty and dedication to ensure that the NC-Congress coalition candidates win with large margins,” Farooq said.
He said the same “cooperation and mutual trust” would be seen in elections for the Varmul parliamentary seat.
Farooq said that the NC-Congress alliance in these parliamentary elections was an ideological coalition that was brought together under the common cause of secularism. “We are fighting a common enemy and we are protecting a common interest and that interest is secularism. The question of differences doesn’t arise anywhere,” Farooq said.
He said that National Conference was a strong votary of Rahul Gandhi becoming the Prime Minister of the country. He made it amply clear that Narendra Modi, given his communal instincts and divisive nature should never become the Prime Minister of the country. “We reiterate our resolve of being in this battle with Congress together – a battle to safeguard our history, our secular credentials, traditions and ethos,” Farooq said.