J&K impasse: Omar says no possibility of an alliance with BJP

| Monday, February 8, 2016 - 14:44
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Omar Abdullah
Throwing his weight in the continuing stalemate between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) over formation of government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah today thwarted BJP's overtures for an alliance with the J&K National Conference (NC) saying that there was no possibility of an alliance. 
With the PDP and the BJP still struggling through a murky impasse, the National Conference, which is being deemed as an alternate option for BJP, seems unwilling to repeat the past.
Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said, "I have repeatedly said that the National Conference's alliance of any kind with them (BJP) is something that I am not even ready to speak about. We closed the door for the BJP a year ago, and the door is still closed today. Now we're being told that 'no, you have had an alliance with Vajpayeeji'. First of all, we did not carry forward the alliance. If an alliance had been formed at that time, it was in marcaz. And Vajpayeeji's BJP and today's BJP has a big difference."
Since Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's death, the state of J&K still does not have a Chief Minister. Mehbooba Mufti has not yet shown any inclination towards assuming official control of the J&K state. PDP's sole demand from the Central govt is that it should assure the vision of the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. In this political impasse, a BJP-NC alliance is being seen as a second solution for this contentious issue.  
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