Prime Minister Narendra Modi and J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who were involved in a bitter war of words during the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, shared the dias during the inauguration of Udhampur-Katra rail link at Vaishno Devi base camp Katra on Friday.
Modi, who during his campaign blamed the Abdullah dynasty for problems in Kashmir, including the migration of Kashmiri Pandits, accepted the chief minister’s proposal of having good railway stations across the country.
Abdullah also accompanied the Prime Minister for inauguration of a hydel project at Uri in north Kashmir. The two, however, had no one on one meeting, which has been a norm in the past, raising doubts the state’s chief minister was being given a cold shoulder.
The fact that Abdullah did not attend the luncheon hosted for the prime minister by governor NN Vohra and Prime Minister’s function at the army headquarters fueled speculations further. Sources close to Abdullah, however, said the chief minister excused himself as he was observing his Ramadan fast and would not have attended the lunch during the month of fasting.