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We have got positive signals from Congress, says Omar

Source: PTI
December 29, 2008 20:37 IST
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National Conference chief Omar Abdullah on Sunday said his party has got 'positive signals' from the Congress on forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Assembly election has returned a fractured verdict.

"The NC has got very positive signals from the Congress. Otherwise, I would not have come to Delhi," Abdullah, who flew in to New Delhi from Srinagar for a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, told reporters at the airport.

Asked who would be the chief minister in such an arrangement, the 38-year-old leader said he would first hold talks about stitching up an alliance and then discuss the nitty-gritty of the coalition.

"We will talk about formation of a coalition and if we succeed in the talks, then probably within two or three days, the announcement of coalition will be possible," Abdullah said, adding that he will talk to the Congress leadership on Tuesday.

"Everything will be clear after the talks," he added.

Asked whether the NC and Congress have an arrangement of rotating the chief ministership after three years during the six year tenure, he said, "We have not come with any formula and any condition. I think talks will be successful.

"I am positive about the response I have for so far. Beyond that I am not going to say anything," Abdullah said.

When queried on whether one can say that the separatist sentiments in the Valley have died down with the election
results, he said it was 'too premature' at this point to say so.

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