Omar Abdullah seeks early elections in Jammu and Kashmir after BJP pullout from PDP alliance

Wani said Omar will address a press conference upon his return from the Raj Bhawan to explain the party stand on the present situation to the public.

Published: 19th June 2018 04:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2018 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah with his Party leaders addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Tuesday 19 2018. | PTI

By Express News Service

SRINAGAR: Former Chief Minister and opposition National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Tuesday ruled out extending support to any political party forthe formation of government in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our party (NC) didn’t get mandate in 2014 Assembly elections to form the government. We got the mandate to sit in opposition. We have no mandate either in 2018 to form a government in J&K,” Omar told reporters after his meeting with Governor NN Vohra.

On party’s offer for unconditional support to PDP in formingthe government after Assembly elections in 2014, he said, “It was a one-time offer made with the intention of safeguarding the interests of the State. That offer had expired the moment PDP allied with the BJP.”

Omar said when no party has mandate to form the government, there is no option before the Governor other than to impose Governor’s Rule.

Omar said he met Vohra and “extended my party’s support to it but told him that it should not be for long duration.”

“We will want Governor and his colleagues to make efforts for restoration of conducive atmosphere for holding early Assembly elections,” he said.

Omar said neither had NC been approached by any party for government formation, nor would it approach anyone.

When asked how he sees BJP’s decision, Omar said, “I was not surprised. I was surprised by its timing. I was expecting the PDP-BJP coalition to fall later in the year. Not so soon.”

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