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How can Mamata oppose Bengal candidate: Omar

From the rugged mountains of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday batted for United Progressive Alliance presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee and advised former president APJ Kalam "not to fall prey to petty politics".

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2012 19:36 IST
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From the rugged mountains of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday batted for United Progressive Alliance presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee and advised former president APJ Kalam "not to fall prey to petty politics".


"For what it's worth, I hope former president (APJ Abdul) Kalam does not fall prey to the petty politics being played out. I hope he doesn't contest," tweeted Omar Abdullah on Friday.

It was evident from the frequency of tweets that Abdullah was keenly watching the developments of the day of the most-watched presidential polls of the country, with ruling alliance partners pitching different candidates.

The chief minister kept tweeting all day despite being on a tour to Kashmir’s most rugged mountainous region of Ladakh for a series of inauguration of projects and a public speech.

Taking a dig at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Baneerji, Omar wrote: "How on earth will Mamata explain opposing a Bengali for President?"

Batting for Pranab as President, Omar expressed jubilation when his name was announced in New Delhi earlier in the day.

"Congratulations to Pranab Da. I have no doubt he will make an excellent president and I'm pleased to have been able to commit NC's (National Conference) support," wrote Omar.

Omar’s National Conference is in alliance with the Congress in the state.