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Farooq Abdullah claims Congress nonetheless a part of Gupkar Alliance, will combat DDC elections ‘collectively’

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Asserting that the Congress was very a lot a part of their grouping, People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday mentioned they’d combat the DDC polls in Jammu and Kashmir “together”, however there was no official phrase on it from the nationwide occasion. His remarks got here a day after the Congress introduced its determination to place up candidates for the upcoming District Development Council (DDC) elections.

Abdullah mentioned that J-Okay Congress president G A Mir got here to fulfill him at present and mentioned “we are fighting the elections together”.

Abdullah, who was talking to reporters at Raghunath Bazar within the coronary heart of the town, was requested whether or not the Congress which was a signatory of the Gupkar declaration has separated from the alliance because it has not attended any of its conferences thus far.

“Where have they separated? There should be no misconception. The Congress is part of the alliance and we are fighting the (DDC) elections together,” the National Conference chief replied.

When his consideration was drawn to Mir’s assertion on Saturday that his occasion is combating the DDC elections and placing up candidates, the former chief minister quipped, “When you heard this…yesterday was different and today Mir sahib came to meet me and said we are fighting the elections together.”

Chief spokesperson of Congress Ravinder Sharma, when contacted, mentioned Mir made a courtesy name to Abdullah and “there is no official statement on the meeting”.

The PAGD — an alliance of seven mainstream events of Jammu and Kashmir in search of the restoration of the erstwhile state’s particular standing — introduced on Saturday that it will contest the DDC polls unitedly.

In response to a different query about a number of exit polls predicting a giant win for RJD led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar meeting elections, Abdullah mentioned, “There is a difference between real polls and exit polls.”

“When the real polls get over, we will talk,” he mentioned.

Abdullah mentioned he’s praying for extra pilgrims to go to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop the Trikuta hills and that it’s useful for the economic system of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We want more pilgrims to come to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine and it is possible that our problems, as well as the problems of the pilgrims, will get resolved,” he mentioned.


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