With Assembly polls round the corner, in a significant development which has put Congress into deeper political isolation post Lok Sabha debacle, the two parties National Conference and Congress announced their breakup, with Congress clarifying its stand that it will fight alone in all 87 seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls.
Congress will fight alone in all 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly poll
"I did say that after having extensive talks with the party and the leaders at all levels, the party has come to a conclusion that we will fight all the seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on our own strength," Ambika Soni, senior Congress leader and general secretary in-charge of the state said.
I met the Mrs Gandhi 10 days ago & thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC's decision to fight the elections alone 1/n— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 20, 2014
Minutes later, working president of National Conference and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to social media to announce that he had informed Congress president Sonia Gandhi 10 days ago that there will be no pre-poll alliance in the State.
I explained the reasons but also told her I wouldn't be making a public announcement because I didn't want it to look opportunistic 2/n— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 20, 2014
"I met Mrs Gandhi 10 days ago & thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC's decision to fight the elections alone," Omar said on Twitter
Stunning defeat in Lok Sabha poll ensures Congress's rout in J&K as well
National Conference and Congress entered into a post-poll alliance following a huge verdict in the 2008 Assembly poll, winning 28 seats in the 87-member house. The Congress leadership had agreed that the chief Ministership would remain with the NC through the six-year tenure. But the recent one of the massive debacle in the history of Congress party has further isolated the party politically. The Congress's rout in the coming Assembly election by end of the year is imminent with no pre-poll alliance.
NC playing opportunistic politics
NC has always survived on deception and it's latest move of breaking up with Congress seeing its worst performance in a decade is nothing but opportunistic politics. The National Conference might resort to tactical rigging and form an alliance with the BJP.