Ready to support NC, PDP to form government: Congress

SRINAGAR, SEP 29:  The Congress party on Saturday said it was ready to lend support to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC), if the two agreed to form the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Ghulam Ahmad Mir said his party (Congress) was ready to join hands with any political party, anywhere in the country that will work for preservation of secularism. “Let them sit and discuss things. Once we feel they are serious and reach to some conclusion we will definitely support them. Mere preaching won’t help, what is required is practice and action,” he said.

Yesterday senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said “This is the right thing to do (to have the NC-PDP alliance) in the present situation when our identity is under attack,” Bukhari said, when asked about the possibility of the two arch-rivals coming together to form the next government in the state, which is presently under Governor’s rule.

However senior National Conference leader and MLA Kangan Mian Altaf said that NC is open to join a joint struggle with PDP on Article 35-A and against rise of communal forces.