Congress Again Sends Feelers to PDP For Post Poll Alliance
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
SRINAGAR: The Congress party has once again sent feelers to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for an alliance to form the new government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Reliable sources informed The Citizen that a top Congress leader based in New Delhi, who is in close proximity with PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, had called him last week to discuss the post poll arrangements between the two parties.
The sources further added that the discussion between the two leaders remained inconclusive and there was no direct answer to the post poll call.
This is, however, not the first time that the Congress has shown willingness to form the new Government with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prior to the elections, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had met with the PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at his residence in Srinagar to form the pre-poll alliance.
However, the idea was then rejected by the PDP leader who chose to keep the Post Poll alliance open.
Also, during the fourth phase election campaign in Verinag of Doru assembly segment, Azad had reiterated the fact that his party was ready to join hands with the old political ally to form the government in the state.
A senior PDP leader told The Citizen on the condition of anonymity that since PDP is going to be a strong contender to form the next Government, Congress is playing the “opportunist” card to keep itself in power.
“They are just opportunists who want to remain in power at any cost. Today NC and Tomorrow we (PDP) is just their mantra” said the senior PDP leader.
Additionally, he said that the ongoing elections will prove to be a perfect defeat for the Congress party, adding that they will not be in a position to be part of any Government.