Day after his comments on tie-up with BJP, Farooq Abdullah says he never said NC will form govt with saffron party


Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah denied media reports attributed to him that his party National Conference was willing to tie-up with the BJP to form the government in the valley.

He told reporters on Sunday, “I have never said we are going to go with BJP… I have said BJP and PDP should form a government because they have a mandate. We don’t have mandate so we cannot decide on government formation.”

His statement comes a day after he was quoted as saying that the “NC will call a Working Committee (meeting) and debate over it’ if a proposal came from the BJP.

He had reportedly said, “If such a situation arises, NC can think over it as we have not closed the doors. Our doors are open.”

Jammu and Kashmir has been in political turmoil since the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who died while in office.

There were media speculations that Mehbooba Mufti would succeed her father but they turned out to be untrue.

The delay in government formation led to the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.

Although her party colleagues said she was not inclined to take the CM’s job as she remained in mourning period, Mehbooba is meeting her party leaders today.

A lot will depend on the announcement made after today’s meeting.