Days after hinting at a possible split from the UPA, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has clarified that his party, the National Conference, will not walk out from the alliance.
He instead blamed a few Congress leaders who reportedly want to go it alone in the elections. “These voices are coming from Congress state leaders. They want to go alone,” he said.
Omar also dismissed reports that his party was softening its stand towards the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
He categorically denied reports that the NC might join the NDA. “Modi becoming PM is not something we are happy with, but we will accept the will of the people. There can be no relationship with the NDA,” he said.
His remarks came after indications that the NC-Congress alliance was on a brink. Omar had on Tuesday said his party was seriously reviewing his alliance with the Congress ahead of elections in the state later in 2014. Union Minister and Omar’s father Farooq Abdullah backed the remark.
Farooq said, “No decision has been taken yet on whether to fight the Lok Sabha elections alone or not. Whether Narendra Modi wins or loses, the decision will be taken by the people.”