I told Sonia about NC-Congress divorce: Omar Abdullah

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Srinagar, July 20: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Sunday that he told Congress president Sonia Gandhi 10 days ago that his party will fight the assembly elections on its own.

"I met Gandhi 10 days ago (and) thanked her for all her support. I conveyed NC's decision to fight the (coming) elections alone," he tweeted, referring to the National Conference.

"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," he said.

"For it to be spun now as a Cong(ress) decision is wrong (and) a complete distortion of the facts, not surprising but incorrect none the less," he added.

 

Congress to contest polls in Kashmir alone

Abdullah's tweets followed an announcement in Jammu by the Congress that it planned to contest this year's assembly elections on its own, ending a long alliance with the National Conference.

The Congress will fight the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on its own, party leaders said here Sunday.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni and Saifuddin Soz, president of the state Congress unit, said the party will field candidates in all 87 assembly seats, ending an alliance with the ruling National Conference.

IANS

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