July 2003 News

Omar Pulls Out Of NDA

12 July 2003
The Times of India

Srinagar: National Conference president Omar Abdullah announced the withdrawal of his party from the National Democratic Alliance here on Saturday. The decision was taken by the NC's working committee, he said. Among the reasons for pulling out of the Vajpayee government coalition were its 'insensitivity' to the NC's views on the situation in Kashmir and Gujarat. The NDA government didn't react to his predecessor Farooq Abdullah's recent statement asking Nelson Mandela to mediate in order to bring peace to the region, he added. He said he regretted the NC having voted for the anti-terrorism law, Pota, and in not having pulled out of the government during the Gujarat riots last year. Pota, he said, was being used mostly against the Muslims. On being asked about a solution to the Kashmir problem, Omar reiterated an earlier suggestion to convert the line of control into the formal border. Leaders need to bring people round to this solution, he said.


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