PDP favours coalition with Congress in Assembly polls in J

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Srinagar, Mar 3 (UNI) Favouring continuation of alliance with the the Congress in the Assembly polls later this year, senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said coalition setup was now inevitable in the present political system.

In present political system, the coalition setup was inevitable, Mr Baig told a public meeting in north Kashmir.

He said that PDP would be favouring coalition with Congress in the ensuing assembly polls to provide a viable and people friendly government to the people in the future too.

Taking a dig at the main opposition party in the state, National Conference (NC), without naming it, Mr Baig said that PDP neither gave the slogan of plebiscite nor made any deal under the garb of accord but always highlighted the Kashmir issue in its right perspective.

The NC was fighting for plebiscite after late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was jailed in 1953 after dismissing him as Prime Minister, till 1975 when it signed an accord with late Mrs India Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India.

Mr Baig listed the achievements of the coalition government registered during the last five years describing the period as a golden phase in the history of infrastructure development of the state.

Referring to the unemployment problem he said though the phenomenon was a global one yet the state government had taken steps to accommodate educated youth in government service by accelerating recruitment process and referring of vacancies to the concerned agencies.

He said further measures were in pipeline to focus on the issue.

Mr Baig inspected the under construction Azad Gunj Bridge coming up at the cost of Rs 7.50 crore.

He also inspected ongoing work of another bridge costing Rs 6.80 crore near Chattipadshahi.

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