A day after the NC patron and former chief minister stirred hornet’s nest by hinting towards supporting the BJP and later retracting from it, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said NC doesn’t have the mandate to be the part of the government formation. Dr Farooq, known for his stormy statements, pitched for the fresh elections, saying state is reeling under the crises. “The people of the state are facing immense hardships at present and if the BJP and the PDP fail to form the government, new elections should be announced and assembly be dissolved,” Farooq Abdullah said. Claiming that he never made any such statement in which he was quoted offering his party’s support to the PDP, Dr Farooq said he was misquoted in the report. “. I only said that our party can discuss on anything in our working committee. I had never said that we are going with BJP; it has to be made clear. I only said that PDP should form the government with the BJP as they have the mandate.” Dr Farooq said his party cannot take the decision over the government formation as it hasn’t got the mandate during the previously held polls in the state. “We are only 14-15 people, and 14-15 people cannot form the government. I am not the one to take the decision, it is the party high command to take the decision.” He further asked the BJP and the PDP to iron out the differences so that the government formation in the state could be formed at an earliest. “Delay in the process is not the good thing. Jammu and Kashmir is going through a difficult stage, they (PDP and BJP) have the mandate and they must sit down and solve the problems of the people that is why they were elected. And if they cannot solve the problems of the people they must dissolve the Assembly and hold a new election,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch