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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014

Omar has no ambitions to become the PM

Navneet Dubey, Hindustan Times  Jammu, September 16, 2013
First Published: 20:43 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:45 IST(16/9/2013)

Without naming BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, chief minister Omar Abdullah maintained that those who were dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister should keep on pursuing their dream clarifying that he had no such aspirations.

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Replying to a question by a student at a function organised by a national media house in Jammu on Monday whether he wanted to become the Prime Minister or not, Omar said: "There are many people standing in that line already, but I am not in the race."

"Those who are dreaming for the top post should keep on pursing their dream. My agenda is to serve the people in state and steer it towards peace, prosperity and development."

He said that some politicians may have political ambitions of obtaining power, but his politics revolved around public.

"The people of Jammu and Kashmir have given me an opportunity to serve them and I will continue to do so in such a manner that they will give me another chance to serve them," he said.

"My political agenda is not focused on obtaining the big chair. If I am able to accomplish something for J&K, that will be my biggest achievement. If J&K becomes peaceful, the entire country will be peaceful," he added.

On being asked why the state government refused senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitely to visit Kishtwar soon after the riots, Omar said: "Why did Arun Jaitley visit Muzaffarnagar few day after the riots? Why did he single out J&K for his intervention? I have no problem in allowing him (Arun Jaitley) to go to Kishtwar, if he treats all riots in the country at par.

This was the reason I stopped him. Moreover, he was not the only one, who was stopped from going there. I stopped deputy chief minister Tara Chand, Jammu Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saifudin Soz and my party colleagues from visiting Kishtwar."

"I do understand that such decisions seem extreme sometimes. But from our experience of past four-and-a-half years, we know how politics plays into igniting communal tension. We have witnessed similar agitations in 2008 in Jammu and 2010 in Kashmir," he said adding that when any such situation arises, the only priority before the government is to maintain the calm.

"Similarly my priority was to restore calm in Kishtwar and make sure that trouble do not spread to other parts of Jammu province," he said.

The chief minister expressed his gratitude to the people of Jammu for acting responsibly in denying anti-peace elements to spread hatred after the unfortunate riots.

"Allowing any political leader to visit the disturbed area or not is not of prime concern or importance for the administration at that time, but safeguarding people and bringing normalcy is of prime importance," he said. 

On August 11, Arun Jaitley was detained at the Jammu airport, when he was scheduled to visit the riot-hit Kishwar, which witnessed riots on August 9. Later, he was forced to return to New Delhi.


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