January 5, 2009 11:01:20 pm
With the Congress finding a new ally in the National Conference,both in J-K and at the Centre,the PDP has formally decided to dissociate from the UPA. The decision to this effect was conveyed by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in a communiqué on Sunday.
The Congress,meanwhile,termed the withdrawal as most unfortunate. They could have continued with the UPA at the national level. They may have their own political compulsions. It is not at our instance that they have fallen out, said AICC media cell chairperson M Veerappa Moily.
Mehboobas letter thanks Sonia for the six years together against the backdrop of blood,mayhem,repression and despondency in Jammu & Kashmir. Today there is enough indication on the ground to feel satisfied that the alliance turned out to be an enterprise of hope for the people of Jammu & Kashmir that you and Mufti Saheb had intended it to be, the communique says.
In view of your new arrangement with the National Conference,both in the state and in the UPA,you would appreciate our difficulty in continuing to be a part of the UPA. My party has decided to stay away from the arrangement as it has become now untenable for PDP to continue in this alliance. (with ENS,New Delhi)
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