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J&K Assembly polls: Congress and National Conference to fight it all alone
Partners for the last six years, the Congress and National Conference (NC) have parted their ways in Jammu and Kashmir before the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. Both the parties have decided to fight the state elections on their own.

However, the party sources have confirmed that the alliance will continue as it is till the term of the present government ends.

For the 87-member J&K Assembly elections are scheduled in the month of December this year. Soon after the Congress's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, the NC was giving such signals that it was willing to go along the state elections.

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal, while speaking to us on the split up said that it was NC's choice to get separated from the Congress.

"National conference itself did it. It was their choice to get separated from us and there is nothing wrong in it. We will fight all alone now as we did before the party's alliance with NC. Omar Abdullah himself to Madam (Sonia Gandhi) a week before and wished to contest elections in Jammu and Kashmir all alone and its their party decision as well. There is no blame game here, one should conclude this itself. Fine, there was a alliance which has broken up but blame game shouldn't exist here. And we don't want to involve ourselves in a blame game at all."

However, the official confirmation regarding this split up came first from the Congress, whose senior leader Ambika Soni while speaking to media said, "We wish to have a clear mandate for having our own government and we will be contesting all the 87 seats. "We will not be having any alliance with any party before the polls."

As soon as the Congress made it official that it had decided to fight the J&K elections all alone, J&K CM Omar Abdullah too made it clear on the Twitter that there won't be NC-Congress alliance in forthcoming Assembly elections.

Senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there was no responsible for this split up and its only a decision after taking into consideration the feelings of the party members.

"No, we are not blaming anybody for this. According to the feelings of the party members and on the same to respect the feelings of the Kashmir people, the decision has been taken by the party. Now, the Congress has decided to contest on its own in Jammu and Kashmir and we assure that next government will be of Congress party only."

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