In a disclosure, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday revealed that his father Farooq Abdullah, who is also the president of the National Conference, would not be contesting the upcoming state assembly elections scheduled for October this year.
"No, Dr (Farooq Abdullah) Sahib is not contesting this time. His health is not allowing him to contest the polls," junior Abdullah told a local news agency in Srinagar.
Senior Abdullah, who for the first time lost from the Srinagar Parliament seats to opposition Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) Tariq Hameed Karra in the recent Parliament polls, won the 2008 assembly elections from Hazratbal and Sonawar assembly segments in Srinagar. Abdullah also won the Parliament elections from Srinagar in 2009.
This time, however, opposition PDP candidate from Srinagar Karra not only defeated Abdullah, but also secured more votes than him from both Hazratbal and Sonawar assembly segments of Srinagar parliamentary seat.
Junior Abdullah, however, refused to comment on where from he would be contesting the assembly elections, scheduled in October-November this year.
"We should wait till the list comes out," Omar said when asked where from he works be contesting. "Only then people will come to know wherefrom I am fighting."
Abdullah has not confirmed or refused the comments made by the Omar. In the past, the father-son differed on many issues and had to retract their statements. It was first happened when Abdullah claimed to be chief ministerial candidate in 2008. Earlier this year, Omar reacted sharply to Abdullah's claim that former will join politics at national level after the Parliament polls.