Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said the future of alliance with Congress depends on National Conference workers and if they decide against it then party’s top leadership will abide by them.
“If you (party workers) would like to be in alliance with Congress we will respect your views and if you decide against it then there will be no forcing by anyone of us working at the top level,” Omar told workers here today.
Omar, who is NC Working President, told the party workers that he will “abide by the decision of the party rank and file regarding any future alliance with the Congress.”
The NC leader also said that while introspecting the causes of the defeat in the Parliament election many workers and party leaders “have pointed towards the alliance with Congress.”
However, he said that NC “truly upheld the coalition trait” and never took any step unilaterally in the process of development and giving governance to the people.
Omar said most of the departments particularly R&B, PHE, Health, School Education, Housing, Irrigation, Agriculture, Urban Development, Medical Education were given to the members of coalition partners.
The NC leader said he did not believe in “blame game” but both NC and Congress are “equally responsible” for all the good or bad work done.
“We have fought the Parliamentary election on national issues and did not touch the work done by the coalition government in the state because state was not going in the Assembly polls,” he said.
Omar told party workers to hit the street and connect with the people.
“It is your duty to spread the information about the work done by of government among the people,” he said.
“Spread this information at all levels particularly at the grass roots so that people are aware about the work done by coalition government,” Omar said.
Omar asked the workers to gear up for Assembly polls and visit each household giving it the full account and details of the work of National Conference led government in the state.
“You have to rekindle the faith of people in the policy programmes of National Conference,” he said.
‘Voting pattern shows NC rallied behind Cong’
Omar said the polling percentage registered by the NC-Congress coalition candidates depicted their support and hard work behind it.
“The voting pattern of all the Assembly segments in Jammu amply depict that NC workers have fully rallied behind the coalition candidates,” Omar said while addressing party workers convention at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here.
“Your hard work is fully reflected in the polling percentage registered by the coalition candidates,” he added.
Asking party workers not to be disappointed with Lok Sabha poll results, Omar said NC has witnessed many vicissitudes in its long political life and has faced more severe and troublesome situations but emerged victorious surpassing all challenges.
He said the defeat in Parliamentary elections will further strengthen the party’s rank and file and infuse new energy in it to prove its mettle and popularity in the Assembly polls.
Omar also lashed out at his critics, who accuse NC of dynastic politics and nepotism, and said it is immaterial who heads the party at the top level but the necessity is to galvanise NC once again and make it a force of public support and faith which it has remained for last 60 years.
“NC has been transferred by Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as his legacy and it is not always necessary that only his blood relations will lead the party,” Omar said.
The doors of NC are open to all the people of the state and they are the custodian of this only regional party whose motive has been unity, solidarity, communal harmony, equitable development and uplift of poor particularly weaker sections of the society, he added.