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Farooq predicts third-front government at Centre

The National Conference chief, Farooq Abdullah, addressing an election rally at Chari-Charif in Budgam district on Saturday. The party president, Omar Abdullhah, is seen at left. — Photo: Nissar Ahmad

The National Conference chief, Farooq Abdullah, addressing an election rally at Chari-Charif in Budgam district on Saturday. The party president, Omar Abdullhah, is seen at left. — Photo: Nissar Ahmad  

CHARAR-E-SHARIEF, APRIL 24. The campaigning for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections in the State concluded peacefully today with the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference organising several rallies. Srinagar goes to the polls on Monday.

At a rally which culminated outside the historic shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Wali here, the former Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah, asked the people to vote with caution as "your Members of Parliament are going to be very important".

"A third front, mainly with the support of regional parties, will come up and it will form the government," he said. Dr. Abdullah predicted that not a single party would get the majority so the members of regional parties will have an important role to play.

Farooq predicts third-front government at Centre

Earlier Dr. Abdullah and his son and NC president, Omar Abdullah, asked the centre to take cognizance of the apprehensions of their party about the possibility of "rigging the elections" by the PDP. They said, ``in case the Government played any mischief it will have dangerous consequences.'' "We have come to know that the PDP will resort to rigging, especially in Anantnag where Mehbooba Mufti is fighting the elections," said Mr. Omar.

He exuded confidence that his party would win all the three seats in Kashmir as people were fed up with the Mufti Government which "was at the loggerheads with its coalition partners". It has brought miseries to the people, he said.

The NC concluded its campaign after organising a meeting in Nagam village. Supporters of the party, mainly from the former Minister, Abdur Rahim Rather's stronghold were dancing and shouting slogans ignoring election boycott calls from separatists.

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