Omar says no truck with NDA, will remain with UPA for 2014 polls

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ruled out any alliance between National Conference (NC) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) post the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Omar said his party will continue remain an ally of the UPA.

"We are not people who change horses midstream,'' he said, adding it is better to remain out of power than compromise with ideals nurtured by the party's towering leadership. Recalling observations of the party's founder, late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, he said he would always say it is better to be betrayed than betray anyone.

"I know that NC-Congress alliance is much to the discomfiture of certain political entities who want to create confusion,'' he added.

About NC's earlier alliance with NDA, he said it was merely an arrangement with a liberal leader like Atal Behari Vajpayee.

The NC is talking of a pre-poll alliance with Congress for the Lok Sabha and assembly elections, but latter is non-committal. Perhaps sensing it may not be possible for either the NC or opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) form the next government without Congress support in view of the support base in Jammu and Ladakh regions., senior Congress leaders say a final decision will be taken after consultation with local party leaders.

Political observers see Omar seeking a pre-poll alliance with Congress as an attempt to scuttle chances of PDP coming to power even if it emerges as the largest party in a hung Assembly.

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