Chief minister Omar Abdullah has thanked the Congress leadership for fielding union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad from the Udhmapur-Doda parliamentary seat as the coalition candidate.
Addressing the gathering after filling of nomination papers by Ghulam Nabi Azad outside the DC office Kathua, Omar said, "Today is the historic day and I thank UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for giving us, the best candidate for Udhampur seat. We have been waiting for the day he files nomination. Out of all the seats in the state, Azad will win with the biggest margin. People will be voting for his three years outstanding performance as the chief minister and five years stint as union health minister".
Omar again reiterated, "There is no such wave as being made out by the BJP. They are just trying to make a superficial wave".
"In 2004 too, the BJP was experiencing a wave of 'India shinning' during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The NDA advanced the elections by six months and the results exposed their superficial claims. People taught them a lesson and now it has been 10-years that they are out of power. In 2009 too, the BJP started false campaigns against the UPA-I, but as the results were declared, many senior BJP leaders lost the elections. Now, once again for the third time, the UPA will form the government".
Taking a jibe at the BJP's ticket troubles, Omar said, "BJP's house is not in order. There is huge infighting going on in the party over ticket distribution. BJP's senior leader and party founders, including LK Advani and Jaswant Singh were treated miserably by the party, and those who cannot respect their family members, how can they respect the other people".