Govt formation: NC offers formal support, ball in PDP’s court

Govt formation: NC offers formal support, ball in PDP’s court

Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: In a smart move, National Conference wrote to the Governor on Tuesday that it was reiterating the support of its legislators to the PDP for government formation.
The PDP has been cold shouldering NC’s offer of support so far on the grounds that it has not received any formal communication from the party it unseated from power. PDP leaders had said that they will consider NC’s offer only if it is made in a formal manner.
“@JKNC_has written to Governor Vohra Sahib reiterating our offer of support to @jkpdp and asking him to call us before deciding the assembly viability,” former Chief Minister and working NC president Omar Abdullah tweeted.
The communiqué to Vohra was delivered by NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday afternoon following meeting of the party’s core group at Srinagar.
On Monday, Abdullah presided over the meeting, which was attended by both winning and unsuccessful NC candidates. The meeting had decided that it will not ally with the BJP for government formation and reiterated that it was ready to support PDP.
The letter to the Governor said that although the PDP has emerged as the single largest party, its indecisiveness has led to a political impasse and the imposition of the Governor’s rule subsequently despite “an overwhelming participation of the people of the state in the elections”.
The PDP also been offered unconditional support by Congress, but from the moment the results of the polls were declared, it has shown inclination towards a tie-up with the saffron party.
PDP chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said, “We have come to know they have written a formal letter to Governor. We will call a meeting of our political affairs committee to discuss the offer of support and would respond accordingly.”
The elections results threw up a fractured mandate in the 87-member Assembly. Having 28 seats, the PDP is the largest party, followed by the BJP that won all its 25 from Jammu region. The NC bagged 15 seats while the Congress got 12. To form a government, a party or a coalition needs 44 seats.

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