Poll alliance with Congress only after seat sharing agreement: Omar

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Srinagar

The National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Sunday said that his party is open to a pre-poll alliance if the Congress agrees to its seat-sharing arrangement for upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Omar Abdullah addressing party workers at Dakbanglow Anantnag on March 17, 2019, KL image by Shah Hilal

“Yes, we received an offer from Congress but we have been very clear on taking forward any alliance plans only if our candidates are to contest all the Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir, ” Omar told reporters at Dak Banglow Anantnag on the sidelines of a party function.

Omar said by not holding simultaneous polls in Jammu and Kashmir, people were being denied a chance to elect their representatives.

Reacting on the launch of former IAS officer Shah Faisal’s party launch, Omar said, “It remains to be seen if Shah Faesal and his party will have anything new to offer,” he said.

Commenting on the recent ban by the central government to Jama’at-e-Islami outfit for five years, the former chief minister said that as chief minister he never felt the need to ban Jama’at-e-Islami.

“Omar said it was pointless to expect any progress on resolution of Kashmir issue till elections were held both at the Centre and State levels. (GNS)

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