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Omar goes live on Twitter for poll commentary

With the country following poll results as they were announced in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on Sunday, chief minister Omar Abdullah took to micro-blogging website Twitter for a commentary on the events as they unfolded.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2013 18:26 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

With the country following poll results as they were announced in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh on Sunday, chief minister Omar Abdullah took to micro-blogging website Twitter for a commentary on the events as they unfolded.

At around 11am, the CM wrote on Twitter, "I'm glued to my TV waiting to watch the trends and results start coming in. Call it morbid curiosity."

As results started pouring in, especially in Delhi, where Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made its debut, Omar took potshots at news channels and pollsters for their "poor predictions".

"So it's bell weathers versus breeched firewalls. #BattleForTheStates #Electionmageddon2013. (sic)... Which was the post poll survey that gave AAP six seats? You need to sack your pollsters, they clearly stayed at home to fill questionnaires," wrote Abdullah.

Abdullah congratulated AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, writing, "Congratulations to @ArvindKejriwal. Stunning political debut. Now fight the good fight and live up to the promise the people of Delhi have seen."
However, he was quick to write words of praise for Congress' defeated candidate and former chief
minister Shiela Dikshit. "At the same time, when the dust settles, I hope we still remember the amazing transformation of Delhi under Mrs Dixit's 15yrs".

Abdullah had a message for the Congress, which is his coalition partner in the state, "And perhaps last lesson for today, a divisive message won't work but you can't fight an election with a Gandhian campaign either."

Apparently referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Abdullah wrote, "Note to self, there is no 'wave' but the effect on their cadre is obvious. Can't afford to underestimate this going ahead."

"Voters will see through crude attempts to buy support with last minute populist schemes," he added.
The chief minister tweeted more than a dozen posts to his 3.91 lakh followers, ending the commentary with, "I'm gonna sign off for the day now. If any of my tweets offended anyone remember my phone was stolen & the thief tweeted to embarrass me ;-)" (sic).