Srinagar: The announcement of People's Democratic Party (PDP) of supporting resolution seeking clemency for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has put the Congress-National Conference (NC) alliance on sticky wicket.

In a fresh turn of its strategy, the Congress is now mounting pressure on NC to avert the upcoming October 28 discussion in the Assembly for passing resolution seeking clemency for Afzal.

Some days back, the Congress was considering the option of being absent during the clemency resolution discussion in the Assembly out of the view that the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdulla is responsible for raising this situation by twitting on the issue of clemency for Rajiv Gandhi assassins.

The party is finding itself in a catch-22 situation over the Afzal clemency issue because it fears losing support of the Muslim community in J&K if backs the resolution for Afzal clemency to save its alliance with NC.

For NC, on the other hand, the opposition PDP has created a political pressure by announcement of supporting the Afzal clemency resolution. If NC will not support the resolution under the force of the Congress, PDP will have the chance to blame NC for any consequence.

It is worth mentioning that the move to pass a resolution on Afzal clemency in J&K Assembly began after Omar's tweet on August 31 which said, "If J&K Assembly had passed a resolution similar to the Tamil Nadu one for Afzal Guru, would the reaction have been as muted? I think not."

Following this comment, an independent MLA from Langet, Engineer Rashid Ali submitted a resolution and the Speaker, Mohammad Akbar Lone listed the resolution for a debate on September 28.

(JPN/Bureau)