Farooq Abdullah takes U-turn, says never said NC will join hands with BJP

The senior leader asked the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dissolve the assembly and call fresh elections if they are not able to form a government.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: January 17, 2016 3:52 pm
 Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdhulla addressing during J&K Forum For Peace and Reconciliation in Jammu on Saturday. (PTI Photo) Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdhulla addressing during J&K Forum For Peace and Reconciliation in Jammu. (Source: file photo)

National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah on Sunday clarified his earlier comments on a possible tie-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that his party’s working committee would only consider it if such a proposal arrived from the saffron party.

“I never said we are going with BJP. I only said our working committee would consider this,” said Farooq.

The senior leader asked the BJP and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dissolve the assembly and call fresh elections if they are not able to form a government.

“They have the mandate, they must sit down & solve the problem of people,” he said.

READ | Will consider tie-up if BJP offers: Farooq Abdullah

Echoing the views of his father, former Jammu-Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that people should desist from speculating about an alliance between NC and BJP.

“All he (Farooq Abdullah) has said is that if any proposal comes from the BJP it will be discussed by the Working Committee of the party for a decision,” Omar tweeted. “The Working Committee of the @JKNC is capable of deciding what is in the interest of the state & the party. So please resist speculation”.

On Saturday, the senior Abdullah said that his party is ready to discuss a coalition with BJP if there is a proposal from the party. “It is not that we have shut doors,” Abdullah told reporters at Katra in Jammu. “The National Conference will call its working committee meeting and place such proposal before it for discussion. Our doors are open”.

The senior Abdullah’s statement has fueled speculations that National Conference is also willing for an alliance with BJP to form a coalition government in the state after a stalemate between the PDP and BJP following the death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Omar immediately took to twitter to try to put the speculations to rest. “The audio clip of what my father Dr Farooq Abdullah has said is very clear. Please listen to it before arriving at any conclusions,” he tweeted. “It’s the most reasonable response you can expect. He hasn’t sought an alliance nor assured any support, only consideration & discussion.”

The former chief minister, however, had a word of caution for his father. “That’s why I don’t give categorical answers to hypothetical questions/situations. Unnecessary storms in teacups follow,” he tweeted.

With inputs from ANI

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    Sood IML
    Jan 17, 2016 at 10:51 am
    This spent force of Abdullas are crying for their self interest. They will,are or were never faithful to this country. They were having perks like kings when in power and dreaming some sinister game with their corrupt Cong friends to bring back that time.who cares for them expect bias media just to create confusion to country's progress.Better to ignore them as every known their contribution towards where they live. Their loyalty is somewhere else, so their yes or no does not carry any weight
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      Harry Achari
      Jan 17, 2016 at 8:27 am
      BJP is not a power hungry party so that it stays away in jk's current scenario. BJP's cold atude will make mehbooba make a clear decision
      1. A
        Jan 17, 2016 at 10:35 am
        Few years ago his son stood up in Parliament and attacked the BJP, when just previously they were cabinet ministers in the BJP government. Without political power they are like fish out of water.
        1. K
          Jan 17, 2016 at 9:49 am
          The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
          1. d
            Jan 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm
            Perhaps he didn't get permission from Indian and foreign masters.
            1. D
              Jan 17, 2016 at 9:43 am
              If Omar Abdullah is made CM and Farooq Abdullah is given the promise of next President, then NC will join BJP to grace the people of Kashmir with another worst rule.
              1. d
                Jan 17, 2016 at 10:30 am
                1. H
                  Jan 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                  Hey Guys !!! Most of you MAY NOT BE AWARE that FAROOQ'S FATHER WAS FATHERED BY MOTILAL NEHRU !!! He and Nehru TOGETHER SCR=EWED up Kashmir and CREATED the Problem. Nehru and Family are ANTI-HINDU. Don't TRUST any Kashmiri Muslim or ANY Indian Muslim..CLUDING ANSARI the V.P. !!! BACK MODI TO THE HILT. Watch the movements of Muslims in your neighbourhood. THE MUSLIMS EVERY WHERE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ISLAM. First they tohought Islam means... L L I K S R I F A K .... then they thought Islam means LLIK NON-SUNNIS.....then again they changed their mind and presently ISLA MEANS L L I K S I B A H A W- NON..... they don't know what next !!!!
                  1. H
                    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:36 am
                    This man Abdullah is very uncomfortable to be without power. He says something and then gives a different meaning to it. It is a pity that the people of Kashmir have to bear the burden of this kind of politicians. It is the same with the BJP. Narendra Modi campaigned with the openly stated objective of putting an end to the rule of two families. He then ended up firmly embracing one of the two.
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                      Nagar Iyer
                      Jan 17, 2016 at 10:37 am
                      Just make an announcement that President Rule will be imposed in 1 week if no new government is formed by then. This ku-tt-i will automatically fall at BJP's feet wagging her tail
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                        1. B
                          Jan 17, 2016 at 10:03 am
                          or sure in this term BJP will be minority in Rajha Sabha and has no chance to improve further its tally in Rajha Sabha. Had modi and his team since day one cooperated with the opposition parties particularly Congress, important bills would have been ped without any problem. But the rigid behavior of modi , his rude, arrogance and Hitler type atude is entirely to be blamed for the disruptions in both houses of parliament. And also for not sacking the corruption allegations ministers and Chief minstera like Sushma, Chavan, Raje, Jaitly etc. i dont think in 2019 bjp will get full majority in elections. so there is a good chance for the g alliances parties to come n power in 2019. BJP surely will be losing ll upcoming States elections . Modi has lost the golden opportunity indian voters gave to him but his workers are useless and creating problems for him and also RSS, VHP and other Hindu outfits creating problems for modi
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