Srinagar: National Conference said on Saturday that it was not in talks with the BJP over government formation and neither does it intend to ally with the saffron party.
The party was reacting to BJP national president Amit Shah’s statement
that his party has been holding parleys with two regional parties over the formation of a coalition government in the state.
“Our position on aligning with BJP remains unchanged. We don’t have the numbers to form a government,” NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani told Kashmir Reader.
While reviewing party’s membership drive in Maharashtra Friday, Shah had told reporters that the BJP wants to form government in Jammu & Kashmir.
“Talks are on with both parties. There has been no fruitful outcome (yet),” he had said.
Wani, a close aide of the outgoing chief minister Omar Abdullah, said the onus of forming a government lies on the PDP as it emerged as the single largest party in terms of seats.
“I don’t understand how and why Amit Shah has made this statement. Numbers are with the PDP, not us. If BJP and PDP are holding talks where does NC figure?” he said.
The NC provincial president said he was not aware of any talks taking place between the BJP and the NC top brass, including the party patron Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar.
“We did whatever we deemed best in the interest of people. We gave offer of unconditional support to PDP to form a government. However, they are yet to respond to our offer. What more can we do,” he added.
Earlier, Omar, who is currently in London with his parents after their organ surgeries, wrote on the micro blogging website twitter that NC was not discussing government formation with BJP.
“And while we are on the subject let me reiterate that neither I nor my father is discussing any sort of alliance with the BJP. Period,” Omar tweeted.
“@JKNCdoesn’t have a mandate for government formation & we aren’t in the business of haggling. We’ve made one serious offer, it’s on the table,” he wrote in another tweet.
Meanwhile, a NC leader, who insisted not to be named, due to a gag put by the party leadership, said that PDP was spreading false rumours through media about the talks between NC and BJP.
“PDP has finalised deal with the BJP. And to silence the opposition, PDP is deliberately dragging NC into controversy. It’s being done by PDP so that they can mislead people by saying that they forged an alliance with BJP because NC too was in the race,” he said.
“Do you believe that Omar Abdullah will reveal all truth to you?… even I cannot tell about it.”
Amit Shah, BJP president