Feeling ‘cheated’ by its coalition partner National Conference (NC), Congress is mulling to lodge a strong protest against what they say, ‘inordinate delay’ in holding local bodies election.
Sources in the Congress revealed that party was shocked by the statement of NC president and union Minster Dr Farooq Abdullah on the issue and was seriously thinking of lock horns with its partner. Dr Abdullah had on Wednesday said that local bodies’ elections cannot be held until tourist season is over.
Congress sources termed the statement as a change of mind. “They had agreed to hold the elections before June 30, but the fresh statement indicates a change of mind in NC camp,” a senior Congress leader, wishing anonymity said.
He said that State Congress President Prof Saif ud din Soz would convene a meeting of coalition Coordination Committee, shortly ‘where the party’s displeasure would be conveyed to NC.’
“In the last CC meeting, we had proposed of holding the elections after May 31, but the NC was willing to hold the elections before June 30. There we both agreed to it and now they seem backtracking from the agreement,” sources claimed.(KNS)