SRINAGAR: When Omar Abdullah stepped down as the caretaker chief minister 11 days ahead of the scheduled end of his government, he had a poser to PDP: “if (you) have a government in place before the Jan 19, I’ll publicly acknowledge that they were right & I was wrong. Let’s see now.”
Omar’s decision had led to constitutional crises, hastening governor’s rule in the state.
“So the canard spread by @jkpdp that I’m responsible for imposition of governor’s rule is dispelled today. Here on in it’s their fault alone,” Omar tweeted.
Five days after governor NN Vohra officially took over the reins of government, the National Conference moved Raj Bhawan on January 13 to formally offer support of its 15 legislators to the PDP. It had also claimed the support of two independent MLAs. Having 28 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly, the PDP needs the support of 16 more to reach the figure of 44 that are required to stake claim to the government.
However, it took PDP just a day to turn down the offer, saying that NC has been rejected by the people.
“Now, they want to come back through the back door into power and keep themselves afloat for the next six years. They have been given a long leave,” PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhtar had said.
On the same day, last Wednesday, the National Conference had clarified that it was not “power hungry” as it had offered only outside support to the PDP.