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Oppn parties slam Omar for taking U-turn

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jammu, October 24, 2013
First Published: 19:08 IST(24/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:09 IST(24/10/2013)

Opposition parties in the state have criticised chief minister Omar Abdullah for taking a U-turn as he said war is no solution to Pakistan's aggression while earlier he had warned Pakistan and asked the Centre to explore other options if ceasefire violations continued from across the border.

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On Wednesday, the chief minister took a U-turn saying no one in India is in favour of war as it is not a solution to any issue.

Principal opposition party Peoples Democratic Party termed that the U-turn by Omar Abdullah is aimed to remain in power. Nayeem Akhtar, spokesman of PDP, said, "Their (National Conference's) only objective is power. They will say whatever suits them. No one wants war and the chief minster should always advocate peace."

"The changing stance is nothing but aimed at remaining in power and to get close to the coalition partner Congress," he said.

Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev, while castigating Omar for taking his stand in couple of days, said, "There is a lot of confusion and ambiguity in his statement. He is not clear what needs to done in this situation. First, he needs to make himself clear and study the situation before making a statement. His statement lacks conviction. He seems to be confused."

"Changing his statement does not suit a person who is sitting on the chair of chief minister. One day he says that we need to act strong and on the other day he says there is no scope of war. Such statements are confusing the people of the state," he said.

Slamming Omar Abdullah for changing the statement, senior leader of BJP, Hari Om said, "The statement made by the chief minister earlier was an off-the-cuff remark while the recent statement is well considered remark."

Hari Om pointed out how can a person, who inside the legislative assembly and outside questions the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India and relationship with the Centre, say anything against Pakistan.

Former union minister Chaman Lal Gupta said chief minister Omar Abdullah should be consistent on his statements. "The chief minister should be consistent on whatever stand he takes," he said.

He, however, maintained that war is no solution to any problem as it brings miseries to the people on both sides. "But on the other hand, Pakistan on every day is instigating and provoking us to give a forceful response," he said.

Omar on Monday had warned Pakistan about the ceasefire violation along the border and asked the Centre to firmly take up the issue with the neighbouring country.

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