Modi's success more external than internal, says Omar

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 19:34 IST

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference president, Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the PM has failed to deliver on promises he made before coming to power.

Abdullah, who spoke after filing his nomination papers from Sonawar constituency in Srinagar, said Modi has not been able to do much in the country and that his accomplishments were external. "His biggest success has been to get the American president as chief guest for our Republic Day celebration. He has also done well in reaching out to neighbours who have traditionally felt ignored," he said.

Abdullah, while admitting that a period of six months was not long enough to judge anyone's performance, said the PM has not yet delivered on the promise of getting back black money deposited in foreign banks.

He also thanked voters for making the phase-1 of polling a success. He said he was heartened by the overwhelming participation in the first phase, but asked the media to refrain from passing judgements.

"Who won who lost, whether it's bullet versus ballot should be discussed later. All I know is that it was victory of democracy and it should not be made out to be anybody's defeat," he said.

The chief minister also cautioned against projecting the massive turnout as a loss of militants and separatists and said it would give them an incentive to act "outrageously".

He said such "judgements" might make things difficult for the voters in the future. "Let the (other) four phases pass peacefully then we can sit and pass judgments," Abdullah added.

He also said he was hopeful that a high turnout in the polls will be good for his party, the NC.

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