Amarnath land row cost Congress dearly in Jammu region

December 28th, 2008 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, Dec.28 (ANI): The Congress party, which was in power in the State when the Amarnath land row erupted, has blamed the controversy for costing it heavily in the region during the assembly elections.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has improved its tally in the Jammu region.
AICC General Secretary Prithviraj Chavan here said : “Amarnath land row cost us dearly. It is an emotive issue and it took place just before the elections…Had the land row not been there, we could have swept the polls.”
“We contested a hard election. The Congress is there to stay in the State,” Chavan, however, added.
The Congress leader still hoped that the party would retain 20 seats, which it won in the last elections.
Asked about the possible coalition partner to form the government, Chavan said: “Options are open. It will be a coalition government.”
“We thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir and their participation in the elections prove their faith in democracy and our neighbours should learn a lesson from it,” Chavan added.
Congress leader Salman Khurshid said there was a “clear idea” of a hung assembly and everyone was prepared for it. He said: “Looking at this, homework already would have been done.”
“We have learnt from our experience and that would be apparent in the decision that we take in few days from now,” he said.
Asked about the possible coalition partner for Congress if it emerges as the single largest party, he said “We are known to both PDP and National Conference.” (ANI)

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