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I'm greedy for power to serve people: Omar Abdullah

india Updated: Nov 05, 2013 19:05 IST
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Chief minister Omar Abdullah has said he is greedy for power as he wants to ensure development and peace in the state. Omar said every politician aspires to come to power and those who say they are not interested in power are telling blatant lies.

"Yes I am greedy for power. I am not Mahatma Gandhi. But I want power for the development and peace in the state. I want power to wipe out tears of hapless people,"Omar said in his address at a function organised by the National Conference at the party headquarter on the opening of darbar in Jammu on Tuesday.

Without naming PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Omar said people should never trust a politician who says he is not interested in power.

Omar, who is also the working president of the National Conference, again asserted that his party will continue to remain in United Progressive Alliance and will never join -BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

"I know NC-Congress alliance doesn't suit certain political entities who want to create confusion, but we are not the people who change horses midstream,"he said.

Omar said it is a fact that NC earlier was part of the NDA, but at that time situation was different as Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at the helm.

"Had Vajpayee been leading the NDA, we could have given a thought. No other BJP leader can match Vajpayee,"Omar said.

Omar said he never stated that there is a 'Modi wave' in the country. "I had only said that Modi may have an effect on BJP's rank and file but there is no 'Modi wave' in the country,"he said. Omar said waves are different as witnessed in 1984 in favour of the Congress and in 1996 in favour of the National Conference.

Referring to PDP's 'peace rally' in Srinagar on Monday, Omar said people holding such rallies didn't visit people on the border who suffered on account of cross-border firing for 15-day.
"I would have acknowledged their concern had they held such a rally in an area along the border,"said Omar.

A day after chief minister Omar Abdullah visited border areas, when firing had stopped, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also visited border areas. On the same day former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had also made tour of the border areas.