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NC-Cong ties on verge of breaking, hints Farooq Abdullah

The National Conference, which is an old ally of the Congress and is a part of the incumbent government at the Centre, has hinted that the party could snap its ties with the Congress and a final decision in this regard will be taken soon.

Talking to a private TV channel, NC chief Farooq Abdullah said that the final call in this matter will be taken by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and his son Omar Abdullah.

"We will do what Omar suggests. We have not decided anything as yet," he said.

Farooq also hinted that the NC is not dead against the idea of BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister of India.

"People will decide if Narendra Modi will win or lose. They will decide who will become the Prime Minister of India. If Modi is elected as PM, it will be the will of the people and the party will accept the verdict," he said.

Experts maintain that the ties between Congress-NC are presently at a very delicate point. The relations got worse after the NC accused the Congress of trying to stop Omar from implementing his scheme of creating 700 new administrative units ahead of the state Assembly elections.

The Congress has argued that it cannot support the scheme because it is not financially viable.

For his part, Omar also said that he had some reservations on continuing the alliance with the Congress.

"Both Congress and the National Conference have a presence in the three regions of the state. If we start giving seats to them, we start to lose our identity in those seats, and what is the guarantee that votes will be transferred from the Congress to the NC and vice versa?" he asked.