Form government or break with BJP, Omar tells PDP

Jammu, Feb 7 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir’s former state chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday asked the PDP to form an elected government in the state or have the courage to break its alliance with the BJP.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of a National Conference function in Nagrota area here, Abdullah said: “For ten months the PDP had been praising the alliance with the BJP. Now (Peoples Democratic Party chief) Mehbooba Mufti has been asking the BJP-led government at the centre to announce CBMs.

“I don’t know whether her party leaders know what these CBMs are, but the people of the state don’t know what she is demanding,” he said, adding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also asked the PDP to state clearly what they want.

“Mehbooba Mufti must spell out clearly what she wants. Otherwise, she must have the courage to break the alliance and seek fresh elections in state,” he said.

Abdullah said as far as his NC was concerned, it would not support any alliance in the state, but start preparing for the next elections.

He also said those appointed on various important positions in the state on political considerations by the previous government must now resign their positions since an elected government does not exist in the state.

“Once such people resign, it is for the state governor to decide whether to accept their resignations or ask them to continue in their present positions,” he said.

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