NC may have alliance with like-minded party: Omar

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Jammu, Jan 6 (UNI) National Conference president Omar Abdullah today opened his party's option to go for an alliance with the likeminded party in the coming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to the mediapersons at party headquarters here this evening, the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Omar Abdullah hinted to have an alliance and said, ''the party has charted out plans and strategies for the coming assembly elections, scheduled to be held in October this year, ''Mr. Omar said adding ''though National Conference is hopeful of winning assembly polls with majority but if in case, we have to go for an alliance, definitely we will but with the likeminded party.'' The Party will not take much time in announcing the candidates for different constituencies and the job will almost be finished early prior to elections. ''The candidates will be given maximum of time for campaigning in their respective constituencies as NC has framed policies with a difference for various different regions and belts of Jammu and Kashmir,'' the NC president said.

However, alleging rigging in the Poonch by-polls, Mr. Abdullah said that Congress won the Poonch seat by power and money. ''We know rigging helped Congress to claim the seat and that is why, National Conference was asking for an enquiry and scrutiny of the by-polls,'' the junior Abdullah told reporters.

Mr Abdullah also alleged that the coalition partners are not serious in running the government and it has been proved by them by announcing 20-day budget session commencing here from tomorrow.

''There are many queries, which are to be made by the members of the Legislative Assembly during the session but the 20-day long session is not a satisfactory time and it is merely a formality being made by the government,''Mr. Omar said.

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