After slamming Snoopgate probe, Omar says not quitting the UPA

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 11:40 IST

Just an hour after disapproving of the Centre’s move to initiative inquiry in the Snoopgate issue allegedly involving Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, chief minister Omar Abdullah was quick to add that he is not abandoning the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

“If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge five months later is wrong,” wrote Abdullah, an ally of the Congress both at the Centre and in the state, where the two parties are contesting parliamentary polls together.

He went further and wrote that his father Farooq Abdullah, also a union minister with the UPA government, agreed that the Centre’s move to initiate inquiry in the Snoopgate was wrong. “I was talking to my dad last night and he also felt that setting up a commission of inquiry in the dying hours of UPA-2 is just wrong,” he wrote.

Abdullah’s remarks invited a barrage of tweets from his followers who questioned his relation with the UPA and if he was trying to cosy up to the BJP.

To put all speculations to the rest, Abdullah was forced to tweet again: “...friends of the NDA/BJP shouldn’t read more in to this than necessary. The NC (National Conference) has no intention of abandoning the UPA,” he said.

Trying to assuage any sharp reaction from the ally Congress, Omar, whose friendship with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is very much public, wrote, “The UPA is strong enough to allow for different points of view and opinions. We don’t have to agree with each other on every issue.”

It was for the first time ever since the parliament polls campaign started, the chief minister showed leniency towards Narendra Modi. Ironically, Abdullah is taking on its rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the account that it was cosying up to the BJP.

In the recent past, Abdullah lashed out at Modi for his utterances on Kashmir and even accused him of “communal violence” in Assam.

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