The Congress strongly ruled out any tie-up with the PDP after the BJP pulled out, blaming both the ruling parties of current fragile condition in the state. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the BJP had committed a “Himalayan blunder” by forming a government with the PDP.
He said the BJP, a national party, should not have allied with PDP, a regional player. “The regional parties should have been allowed to form an alliance among themselves,” he told reporters here.
The alliance has devastated the state, be it economically or socially, and has left Jammu and Kashmir in a state of “ruins”, he said.
On being asked if Congress party will be reaching out to the PDP to form the next government, the senior Congress leader said, “there is no question of forming an alliance with the PDP”.
Congress leaders in the state also said the PDP-BJP coalition was destined to break as it was an “unholy” alliance.
“This was an unholy alliance and it was expected to break from day one. They had betrayed the people of the state and supporters of the respective parties. They sought votes on opposing agendas,” PCC president Ghulam Ahmed Mir said.
The BJP was more responsible for the situation in the state than the PDP and the national party carried more weight in the coalition he said, adding “The BJP had a big mandate at national level but they were policy less when it came to Jammu and Kashmir”.
Meanwhile, Opposition National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah called on the Governor NN Vohra in the wake of BJP pulling out of its coalition government with the PDP in the state.
Addressing press conference upon his return from the Raj Bhawan he too said that his party will not extend support to the PDP. “We did not have mandate in 2014 and we do not have mandate in 2018… our party favours governor’s rule and early elections in J-K,” he said.
“Wish Mehbooba Mufti had gone with some dignity rather than having ‘rug pulled under her feet’,” Omar Abdullah said.
(With inputs from PTI)