January 2005 News

We are open to alliances: Omar

26 January 2005
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: The National Conference president, Omar Abdullah, has said that his party will be open to alliances after the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, relinquishes office on completion of his three-year term in November. Speaking to The Hindu Mr Abdullah said that as of now 'we are playing the role of a constructive opposition but obviously after the Mufti steps down as part of his arrangement with the Congress it will have an impact on political equations in Kashmir'. 'I am not saying that we have an understanding with the Congress on the issue, but the situation will demand changes at that time (in November) and we cannot say what kind of alliances come up,' he said. 'Though we are in Opposition, we have not closed our doors for anybody and will take any decision in the best interests of the people,' he said. But he refused to elaborate whether an alliance was possible with the Congress. Mr Abdullah said that his statement on the issue on Monday had been circulated partly.


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