Congress Should Be Part Of J&K Government: Omar

29 December 2008
The Times of India


New Delhi: National Conference will prefer Congress to be part of a coalition government to impart greater stability in Jammu and Kashmir, party President Omar Abdullah said on Monday. 'There will be greater stability if Congress is part of the government. The two parties should agree to work together,' he said citing the examples of Left and Telugu Desam Party giving outside support to UPA and NDA governments at the Centre creating problems. Omar, who has flown here for talks with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on tying up an arrangement to form a government, said that his first concern was stability of the government, which should be disciplined and accountable. 'This can happen only when we can get together in a meaningful way. Any other number crunching in this present situation will be messy,' he said. Asked whether the NC would accept any Congress proposal that the national party should head the government for six years, Omar said 'all this speculation is extremely premature. Let us first discuss and decide that an alliance is possible.' To a question that Congress was exploring other options like tying up with PDP, Omar said the NC also has other options like the Congress except that his party will not alliance with BJP.