National Conference (NC) chief Omar Abdullah conducted a press conference to clear the cloud off the controversy surrounding the astounding alliance with PDP and Congress and the ensuing immediate decision, of the Governor Satya Pal Malik, to dissolve the Assembly.
Narrating the entire political episode in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that his party wanted the Assembly to dissolve after the break-up of BJP and PDP alliance, for which he even pressurised the government, "I wanted to put a few things in front of the people, to avoid rumors. The truth is, since the BJP broke ties with PDP, we endeavored that the Assembly should dissolve and fresh elections should be conducted at an ideal time. Even when the Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) and (interlocutor of J&K) Dineshwar Sharma was here, with Governor Vohra first and then Governor Malik, we kept pressurising them that the uncertainty is not in the favour of the State."
The former Chief Minister of the state denounced the decision of the Governor, who accused his alliance to be ‘unholy’ and that it does not hold the same value. Abdullah to which, questioned the Mufti-BJP alliance formed in 2015 but broke in 2018.
"The Governor did not ask BJP and PDP when they allied in 2015, that how two parties of different ideologies are allying. But the Governor questioned that on our alliance, when PDP, NC, and Congress have lesser differences in certain issues, compared to PDP and BJP," he said.
He further questioned Governor Malik’s claims of horse-trading and money distribution, pushing for a probe on the allegations, “The governor in this point two has blamed us for horse-trading and money distribution. But in our case, three parties have come together so there is no question of money. But the letter following our letter that claimed we have 16-18 MLAs, the Governor has commented on that. This cannot be ignored his the Governor has claimed that MLAs are being bought. Because we have not filed this complaint so this should be probed. We want to know where the money came from."
He also explicated his decision to form the alliance, which as he claims was based on the calls of the people of Kashmir who were allegedly maligned and demonized on a global level.
He said, "There were talks that PDP, NC, and Congress will come together and form a government, initially we were not in favor of this. Over the last one month, we have been constantly hearing that people are fed up, we changed our thought on this. The political atmosphere in the State was disrupted, communal harmony was disturbed and the Kashmiris were demonized and vilified on a global level and people studying in Universities were facing the brunt."
"PDP offered Farooq as Chief Minister but he denied the position, PDP even asked me to as Chief Minister, but I refused too. I told them that if people will elect me then I will be the Chief Minister. I was willing to support from outside," he added.
He further emphasized on his party’s former agenda saying, "Our party agenda was that in January the case should be defended in the Supreme Court. Following that the decision should be made that the Chief Minister should resign from his position and the recommendation to dissolve the house should be sent to the Governor. So in one go, the Parliament and Assembly elections would be completed and this new government would give a new direction to the state."
Coming back to the episode on Wednesday, Abdullah mocked the fax machine blunder, that allegedly prevented the letter of the alliance to reach the Governor.
He said, "We told PDP that NC and Congress will support PDP, so the letter was sent to the Raj Bhavan. But this is the first time when the fax machine did not work. First time hearing that this is the first time when fax machine kills our constitution. The fax machine won’t support the letter the alliance but supports the letter of dissolution. This is a unique machine, in the history. Today, we don't have an option but to joke about this, but it’s not funny."