Coalition will complete its full term: Congress

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Saying the Jammu and Kashmir government should complete its full term, Congress general secretary Ambika Soni on Tuesday said party president Sonia Gandhi will take the final call on the future electoral alliance in the state. She was addressing a press conference at SKICC along with former chief minister G N Azad.

Ruling out an immediate pullout from the coalition government, Ambika Soni, in charge of party affairs in Kashmir, said, “The local leadership has very frankly expressed its views on this. I will put these before the Congress president.”

“We still have so many months to go for Assembly Elections. The coalition government has done work and we expect will do more till elections. The final decision will be conveyed to you by our leadership.”

She said she was returning to New Delhi along with former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and State Congress president Saifuddin Soz would join them later.

“We will give our joint report to the Congress president,” she said.

She said she personally felt that the elected government in the state should complete its full term of six years.

“All three of us jointly discussed well past midnight individually with the local leaders and party functionaries the future roadmap of the party during the Assembly Elections.”

“The interaction has been as detailed as possible. We discussed what we have achieved during the last five-and-a-half years and what else needs to be done.”

“I must say the party is extremely disappointed that despite our efforts, we were not successful in the three (Lok Sabha) seats that we contested.”

“We have learnt lessons and we don’t want to be caught napping against any future communal polarisation which we feel is harmful to the interests of the people of Kashmir,” she said.

Ambika Soni said the party was discussing how to rectify the problems those led to the defeat of its two senior leaders in Lok Sabha battle in Jammu region.

She said the Congress fully supported a massive employment package for Kashmiri youths and this would be part of the Congress election manifesto.

She, however, said there was no point in making future promises without fulfilling those already made.

Sources said that Congress ministers have advised their party leaders not to part ways from the National Conference before the stipulated time as there are “many things” which they want to do before going for polls. They added that these “many things” included Food security bill, Land accusation bill and the regularisation of 40,000 casual labourers.

“These things will surely help our party later this year when the state elections are scheduled,” the ministers told party leaders.

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