Anantnag: Vice President of the National Conference (NC) and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that the holding of assembly elections any time soon in the state is “not possible”.
Omar was talking to media persons after meeting party leaders and workers here in Dak Bungalow area of Anantnag town.
Omar said that the situation in Kashmir was not conducive for holding assembly elections.
“It’s not possible to hold assembly elections in Kashmir any time soon,” Omar said. “And we are not demanding anything like that either.”
He said it would be wrong on his and his party’s part to demand immediate conduct of assembly elections.
“We are going through a time when elections on a seat vacated by Mehbooba Mufti have not been possible. How can we expect the assembly elections to be held in such a scenario?” Omar said.
In the same breath, he said that he and his party want the assembly to be dissolved. Asked about his views on dissolution of the assembly, Omar said that the step will prevent any horse trading and put an end to rumour mongering.
“The assembly should be dissolved to prevent such rumours and any attempts at horse trading. There have been many rumours doing the rounds. Dissolution of assembly will put these rumours to rest,” Omar said.
Asked about the rumours regarding Congress allying with the PDP, Omar categorically ruled them out.
“The seniormost Congress minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has himself negated these rumours. I think all of us should trust Azad sahib and stop believing these rumours,” he said.