New coalition: Cong, NC leadership meets to chalk out modalities


New Delhi/Jammu : Senior Congress and National Conference leaders today met in the union capital to chalk out modalities for the new alliance, which is all set to form government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The meetings, however, remained inconclusive in the absence of Chief Minsiter designate Omar Abdullah, who reached Srinagar, this morning.

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Sources in the party circles told News Agency of Kashmir that senior National Conference leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi Uri and Ajay Sadhotra reached New Delhi after they were summoned by party high command.

They said that the NC leaders met senior Congress leaders including Prithvi Raj Chowhan, Pranav Mukharjeet and Ahmed Patel to discuss modalities for the new alliance.

“We had frequent meetings with the Congress leadership during the day and the modalities for the new alliance was in progress”, provincial president NC, Ajay Sadhotra told NAK.

He said that the process is time consuming and may take another two days. “We have to discuss every minute detail so it may take some more time”, he said.

It was reliably learnt that the NC leaders were asked to reach New Delhi by Omar Abdullah, who himself reached Srinagar today. The leaders have been asked to chalk out the modalities with the Congress leadership for the new alliance.

Omar, sources said, will leave again for New Delhi Thursday and will be personally involved in the process. “The two sides will formulate Common Minimum Programme (CMP) before staking claim for the formation of new government in the state”, sources said.