NC offers unconditional support to PDP

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New Delhi, Dec 27: After Nitish and Lalu in Bihar in practice and Mamata and the Left in West Bengal in theory, is it time for two regional rivals in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference (NC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) to share the same boat to prevent the BJP from coming to power? [NC-PDP tei-up a theoretic possibility]

The NC has offered unconditional support to the PDP to form the government after the recent elections resulted in a hung parliament with no party gaining a majority.

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The PDP finished as the single largest party with 28 seats followed by the BJP with 25 seats. The NC got 15 seats while the Congress finished fourth with 12 seats. If the PDP and NC eye to form a government together, they would still require one seat to prove their majority in the 87-member assembly.

The BJP and the PDP were also engaging in hectic parleys to form the government. However, the PDP had set six tough conditions to the BJP including chief ministership for six years, status quo on Article 370 and withdrawal of the AFSPA in some areas. The BJP is unlikely to accept these terms, particularly the one on the chief ministership for the party is eager to give Jammu and Kashmir its first Hindu chief minister.

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