No pre-poll alliance with Congress for assembly polls: National Conference

Talks on parliament poll alliance reach final stage, announcement expected tomorrow: Nasir Wani

Srinagar, March 15 (RNA): Ruling out any pre-poll alliance with congress for assembly polls, National Conference Friday said that an announcement on Pre- poll alliance for parliament polls with congress was likely to be made on Saturday.  National Conference Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani told RNA that negotiations between the two parties have reached at final stage and a formal announcement is expected tomorrow or by Sunday at the most. He however, denied the reports of talks getting staled on disagreement between the two parties on Jammu seat.

“No, who told you we have differences on Jammu seat. We have reached the final stage of negotiations and hopefully an announcement shall come by tomorrow or by Sunday at the most.” Nasir Wani told RNA, adding that everything has been sorted out and both the parties were ready to contest the parliament elections jointly in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NC provincial president however, rejected local congress demands of a similar kind of alliance for assembly polls and said, there was no such proposal being worked out at this stage. He categorically said that NC does not have any plans of a pre-poll alliance on assembly polls as of now and was considering an alliance for parliament polls only.

When asked about the demand of local congress leaders of a similar alliance for assembly polls too, Wani said, the local congress leadership had no role in such decisions and it was all about high command which is in Delhi.

“No, we don’t have any proposal for an assembly poll alliance. It is only parliament polls and nothing beyond.” Nasir Wani told RNA.

Earlier local Congress leaders had demanded a pre-poll alliance with National conference for both assemblies as well parliament polls saying, “Such arrangements can’t be selective.”  Nearly half a dozen local congress leaders while speaking to RNA had said that the congress high command shouldn’t give National conference a free hand, instead should put rider on it for entering into pre -poll alliance for parliament polls. (RNA)