Congress' alliance with PDP was a 'mistake' : Azad

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) Senior Congress leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today ruled out any future alliance with Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and said it was a mistake to align with that party to form a government in the state.

In an interview to a TV channel, Mr Azad contended that the decision to allot land to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was a 'routine decision' and declined to take the blame for not foreseeing the unrest in Srinagar and Jammu region. The unrest in the state was fuelled by misinformation campaign launched by 'vested interests'.

Accusing the PDP, the erstwhile coalition partner of the Congress in the state of withdrawing its support with an eye on the impending elections, Mr Azad said PDP's only agenda was to 'enjoy power'. He claimed that the prospects of the Congress was bright, going by the achievements of the Congress-led-coaltion.

Answering a question regarding state lagging in development despite the Centre pumping in huge sums of money in a sustained manner, Mr Azad, put the blame primarily on 'corruption'. He claimed that the development during his three years rule was more than all the works that had been undertaken in the state since Independence.


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