Srinagar: `Omar Abdullah shall not resign. The coalition rule shall continue.’ This is the message from the Congress-National Conference alliance. Congress vice-president, Ghulam Ahmad Monga Saturday stated that the question of pulling out from the coalition does not arise. “The coalition shall live its full term.” He said while talking to newsmen.
The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah had urged the National Conference and the Congress to advise him whether he should quit or stay back. While, the NC is yet to recover from the shock of losing the Valley to Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the Congress Vice-President has given the coalition mind. Monga, however, blamed the `dishonest’ NC workers for the defeat of Congress candidates. He also admitted that the Congress leaders could not get votes for the NC candidates.
According to insiders, the NC leadership does not want to quit at this crucial juncture. Preferring anonymity, a second line leader said the party has to face the voters yet again in October. It must have something to sell to the people. The government, therefore, shall try its best to do some developmental work across Kashmir to woo the voters. The question of quitting, therefore, does not arise for the time being,” he said.
Omar Abdullah, it is widely believed, wanted to quit in 2010 following killing of around 130 youth. However, his father, Dr Farooq Abdullah is said to have advised him against quitting. Omar was accused of governance deficit and trust deficit. The Home Ministry urged him to reach to the people. A shocked Omar held a meeting of his cabinet and discussed the possibility of tendering his resignation. However, the `miscarriage of coalition’ was prevented when senior ministers and his father prevailed upon him.