After scaling up tensions between the alliance partners the National Conference leadership has finally cracked down on the leaders forcing them to fall in line and not to escalate tensions with the congress party ahead of the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
A clear cut change in strategy and two back to back statements of Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah in a span of few hours on Sunday clearly indicated that more than Congress party it is the National Conference which is keen on clinging on to the bandwagon of alliance government in the state.
In the recent days tension between the alliance partners had escalated after the NC had nominated four members ahead of the formation of Kargil Hill Development Council much to the chagrin of the Congress party which has won the mandate of the local population.
Setting the tone for resolution of internal strife between the alliance partners Dr Farooq Abdullah sunday made it clear that National Conference has decided to opt out of the race of forming Kargl Autonomous Hill Development Council.
“We have decided that as Congress has won there, it will form the council. It is the decision of the people there,” NC patron and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah said at a function in Srinagar.Although National Conference and Congress are alliance partners in the state government, they contested the KAHDC polls against each other.
Abdullah said his party lost the elections due to “its own people” and it should accept the verdict.“Our own people did wrong there and that is why we lost the elections. Now, we should accept that but do not worry, elections will come again,” he said in his address to party workers, after paying floral tributes to NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his death anniversary, at Hazratbal here.
The union minister expressed hope that his partymen will “learn” from the mistakes and do better in the Assembly elections next year.“They (partymen) were flying high that we will win in Kargil, but we have not. So, we have to be cautious and not let it happen in the 2014 elections,” he said.
He said there were people who want the coalition partners to fight over every issue.“Some people want us to fight, but we would not. Our opponents are already in Delhi waiting for us to make any mistake, so that they could occupy the power, but we would not make any,” he said.
Abdullah said there were many difficulties before the National Conference and asked the workers to strengthen the party and resolve internal differences.
On the same day Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah made an extra effort to dispel all speculations regarding early Assembly Elections in the State adding that the people have voted NC-Congress coalition Government to power and it will complete its full term of six years.
“Some people spread speculations about early Assembly Elections in the State. People have voted us to power which we are not going to relinquish before the due date”, he said and maintained that Government will complete its full term of six years.Congress leader and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had during a party convention on August 31 hinted at early Assembly elections while at the same time appearing to rule out any pre-poll alliance with NC, according to reports in a section of the local media.
Assembly polls could be held any moment and there was very little time left for the exercise, he had been quoted as saying.