Congress not out of the game in J&K, could emerge as PDP partner

Both PDP and Congress leaders didn't rule out the possibility of joining hands to form the next government.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Updated: December 23, 2014 3:01 pm
A Kashmiri supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shouts slogans during an election campaign rally in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (Source: PTI) A Kashmiri supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shouts slogans during an election campaign rally in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (Source: PTI)

With PDP emerging as the single-largest party in J&K and the National Conference and Congress – which are ruling the state in alliance but contested elections separately — not performing as badly as pollsters had predicted, it is unclear which group will form the next government in the state.

However, the chances of PDP and the Congress joining hands to form the government are quite high, with both parties indicating their willingness to come together. The BJP, which campaigned aggressively for a 44+ mandate in the 87-member Assembly, is likely to be the main opposition party.

Both PDP and Congress leaders didn’t rule out the possibility of joining hands to form the next government.

Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghjulam Nabi Azad told reporters that the party was open to doing business with the PDP. Sources in both the parties said that informal talks were already on between the two former alliance partners.

Strong anti-incumbency against the Omar Abdullah-led NC-Congress government, with charges of corruption and inefficiency being routinely levelled against the government, saw many leading lights of the coalition losing. The biggest and most shocking result was the defeat of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah from Sonawar by a whopping margin of 4800-plus votes. He was, however, leading in Beerwah by 100-odd votes against his Congress opponent. Omar had shifted from his current constituency Ganderbal just before the polls.

“Congratulations to Ashraf Mir for his victory in Sonawar. I wish him & the people all good luck for the next 6 years. He’s now my local MLA,” Omar tweeted just after the result for Sonawar was announced.

Among the ministers who lost at the hustings was PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma, who had talked of the need for the Congress to project a Hindu from Jammu as the CM face. Other ministers who lost were Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Raman Bhalla Abdul Rehman Rather, Choudhry Mohd Ramzan and Surjit singh Slathia.

Sajjad Lone, who had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, giving rise to speculation that the BJP would join hands with him post-elections, won by 28,489 votes from Handwara.

While BJP won almost all of its seats from the Jammu province, its most prominent Kashmiri Muslim face Hina Bhat lost from Amirakadal constituency to Altaf Bukhari of the People’s Democratic Party.

NC provincial president Davinder Singh Rana won from the Nagrota Assembly seat defeating BJP’s Nand Kishore by margin of 4,048 votes. The BJP nominee is the younger brother of state BJP president and sitting Lok Sabha MP Jugal Kishore Sharma.

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    Sairam Kannaian
    Dec 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm
    contempt of public verdict. Yet again they have proved their thuggish atude and disregard to public verdict. But still I can't understand the logic of some of the sick people supporting this outfit. Hope they get real education not just qualification for attending religious outfits and call themselves literates. This is where Indian public gets mislead and it does impact on nations ability to develop.
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      Rajan
      Dec 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm
      which wrote the caption for the photograph ? this is anti national. Jammu & Kashmir is a part of India. it can never be called " Indian controlled kashmir". the editor , reporter are liable to be arrested for the anti national caption of the photograph.please correct it immediatly
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        Ajith Kumar
        Dec 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm
        Congress c annot exist without power in any form or in any quantum-even as a subservientpartner.However,in J&K the arithmatics is against them.PDP plus Congress will not formabsolute majority.Mr.Soz is a veteran leader and he knows how untrustworthy an allyCongress will be.For Stability and Total integration of the two regions which gave bulk ofvotes to two different partied Demand a partnership between PDP and BJP.Politicalexpedience should not create a divide between the two regions in the valley which has beenexperiencing un easiness and blood shed over several years.More over the People Want Development and Youth want jobs.Moreover the gigantic rehabilitation and re constructioncaused by the Flooding and Rain needs a very close co-ordination and dedicated applicationof mind and will.Congress with 12 seats can do nothing for the Valley
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