Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday made it clear that the ruling National Conference (NC) in the state will never be part of NDA.

"The answer is never," said Omar, who was a minister of state in the Vajpayee government, when asked whether NC will be part of NDA in the future. The National Conference has 3 Lok Sabha MPs and 2 Rajya Sabha MPs.

Asked about NC's previous alliance with the BJP in the NDA, Omar said, "NC's relationship was not a relationship between the BJP and NC. It was largely between National Conference and Atal Bihari Vajpayee because he was seen as a unifying force who brought people together, who put aside regional issues in national interest, who actually looked at problems of the state and sought to resolve them."

He mentioned that the railway line connecting Kashmir to rest of the country was a vision of Indira Gandhi which was fulfilled by Vajpayee when he declared the railway project as a national project of utmost importance.

"I don't see a situation particularly in the current leadership in the BJP and looking at the future leadership of the BJP that the NC will enter into any sort of alliance with them," he said.

Asked whether NC would be a part of third front, he said, "No, we are very much part of the UPA and we are not sort of uncertain partners of the UPA. We are not like the Samajwadi or the BSP that are part of the UPA but not part of the UPA that come for one anniversary dinner and don't come for the second anniversary dinner.”

(Agencies)

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