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PDP wants elections; won’t speak up on discord

July 3, 2018
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Srinagar, July 2:  After many days of speculations and rumours regarding some PDP members entering into a secret dialogue with other parties for government formation, Peoples Democratic Party on Monday has sought to clarify that the only demand of the party was to seek an early election in the state.

The senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar said that his party does not respond to rumours but is of the view that an early election should be called in the state.

He said PDP has, from the day the government collapsed in the state, demanded an early election and added that the same should happen immediately.

Naeem however refuted the speculations of any disorder in the party and said “we don’t respond to rumours”.

“Every party has its own view and we are not in a battle with NC or anybody else on this issue. The PDP calls for early elections in view of the fall of the previous government,” he said.

Asked if the house was in order in the PDP, Akhtar said: “The only thing I am saying is we don’t respond to rumours.”

Pertinently, the former ruling party’s clarification has come at a time when political and social circles in the state are abuzz with speculations that various legislators of different political parties including PDP are considering of pulling out of their respective parties in an attempt to form a multi-group coalition government.

Though none of the parties have openly approved the rumours, barring Congress no other party has issued a formal rebuttal too.

The speculations of PDP holding secret talks with Congress were doing rounds in social media over last few days before senior Congress functionaries including former chief minister and opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad chose to issue a rebuttal on Sunday saying cobbling up with PDP was not even a remote possibility for Congress.

Azad said that Congress would not ally with PDP and the speculations regarding their alliance were false and baseless.

The largest in opposition National Conference however has targeted PDP of playing hide and seek and said that like BJP, PDP also was giving room to horse-trading by not demanding early elections vehemently.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Kashmir Monitor staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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