As PDP, BJP get closer, Omar Abdullah takes to Twitter canon

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 17:22 IST

Omar Abdullah, whose party National Conference (NC) emerged as third largest party in the J-K assembly polls, on Friday continued with his 160-word canon on micro-blogging site Twitter aimed at the likely government formation by People's Democratic Party, for the first time, with BJP in coming days.

"Exactly a month since the election results were declared & the state is doing "kadam taal" because Mufti Syed (of the PDP) can't govern without Delhi nod," wrote Abdullah on Twitter adding, "When Dr Farooq Abdullah said J&K can't be governed without good relations with centre he was heavily criticised. Mufti proving him right."

As PDP and BJP drop hints at fielding candidates jointly in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls to be held on February 7, former chief minister Abdullah took potshots at this likely coalition. "Will be @jkpdp & @BJP4India set ideology & public commitments aside to come together for the Rajya Sabha elections in J&K now? #justasking (sic)," wrote Abdullah.

Abdullah's curt Tweets come on a day when PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar said his party aims to win all four Rajya Sabha seats with the help of the BJP. "It is obvious that BJP and PDP can win all the seats if they contest jointly. Therefore, it is again obvious that we have to look for some arrangement to ensure that we win all the seats," he said.

PDP with 28 seats and BJP with 25 members emerged as two largest parties in the polls. However, both are shot of the majority mark of 44 members to stake claim for government in the 87-member assembly.

Abdullah, whose party came down from 28 seats to 15, hurled Tweets questioning the PDP-BJP arrangement on contentious issues like dynasty rule, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and dialogue with separatists. "Who will compromise over the immediate resumption of dialogue with separatists...Pakistan @jkpdp or @BJP4India?" wrote Abdullah.

"I'm sure I'll have more questions in the days & weeks ahead as we wait for a government to be formed," he said as he concluded his Tweeter attack on PDP and BJP with this tweet: "As a great man's daughter often reminds me of her father's quip - being in government is hard work, being in the opposition much more fun."

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