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Mehbooba Mufti criticises National Conference

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 14, 2005 14:50 IST
Last Updated: September 14, 2005 15:03 IST

Mehbooba Mufti, president ofKashmir's ruling People's Democratic Party, called the National Conferencea party of opportunists, who are desperate to get back to power. This, she says, is whytheyreiterate that Jammu and Kashmir would soon go to polls and there would be realignment of forces before the state assembly elections.

"I have been following the statements of former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son, Omar Abdullah, the president of the National Conference. At one stage Dr Abdullah told his partymen thathe would make the presentgovernmentcollapse like pack of cards. Now Omar is talking about early elections," she told over the phone from Srinagar.

Mufti believes that the NC will woo the Congress if they feel they cannot come back to power without it. On the other hand, if the National Democratic Alliance becomes powerful, they would desert the Congress to rejoin it. "Rememberwhen Omar Abdullahsaid that the coalition with the Congresswas a mistake after his father fell out with them," she said.

Asked about the significance of Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah meeting in New Delhi recently, Mufti said the media was giving unnecessary importance to such a meeting. "Both are Members of Parliament and hence, they would meet each other occasionally," she said.

She denied the reports that Chief MinisterSayeed would refuse to hand overpower to the Congresson November 2. "This is an agreement and we would honour our commitment that the PDP got the chief ministership for the first three years," she said.

She ridiculed Omar Abdullah for getting desparate in his bid to come back to power. "He cannot digest that thecoalition government is working so well and hasachieved so much in the last three years."

Mufti reiterated that though the NC has been 'spoonfeeding their cadre with the dreams of return of power by 2008 in one go and holding of early elections in the state at another point of time', the coalition government is 'going to continue'.

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